Last night on TV (Thursday 9/2/99) I caught a snippet of a news magazine show (I think it was on ABC) that listed three good reasons why, if there is intelligent life out there, we haven’t “met” them yet.
- They were here earlier but “there was no one to talk to” and went on to explain how humans have only been around for a miniscule amount of earth time.
- “It’s a matter of scale”, implying that maybe they’re here now but they’re just too small for us to detect.
- That intelligence life simply is so rare that we haven’t bumped into them yet (for instance, we consider humans to be “intelligent” but there have been a billion viable species in earth’s history that have managed just fine without “intelligence”.)
Then they said that there was one more theory to consider and they’ll tell you after the commercial break. I never got back to the show. Did anyone see what the other theory was?
Well, I have one of my own. WE consider ourselves intelligent. But have WE scooted off to the far reaches of the universe yet? Nope. Maybe there is intelligent life out there, but dang it, it’s hard to travel that far to earth! I think we expect intelligent life out there to be miracle workers, beaming around on some advanced technology. What if they’re just like us? Smart, but pretty much stuck in their neighborhood?
Any thoughts? Cheers!