“Are we alone in this vast and expanding universe? Do you believe that intelligent, alien life exists? Defend your answer.”
I think it’s highly likely that intelligent, alien life exists now, or once did and died out, which of course could divert us into an interesting discussion about the nature of time itself and if it exists.
My defense is basically why not? There are so many planets with so many atmospheric configurations over such a vast amount of time… why wouldn’t intelligent life have appeared (and possibly disappeared) on places other than Earth? It’s rather egocentric to believe that we’re the only intelligent life that exists anywhere.
I use the word “intelligent” very broadly of course, in case any aliens 👽 are reading my post and rolling their glowing eyeballs.