Epicurus (341–270 BC)
[T]here are infinite worlds both like and unlike this world of ours ... we must believe that in all worlds there are living creatures and plants and other things we see in this world...Everything, he believed, could be explained in terms of natural causes. As for the gods, he taught that they existed only in the spaces between worlds, having no interest at all in human affairs.
Epicurus preached a materialist, sensationalistic philosophy which emphasized the positive things in life and remained popular for more than 600 years.
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ancient philosophy, related to the possibility of extraterrestrial life
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