Life in the Universe #2: Where Is Everybody?





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Published on Jul 19, 2009

Given that our galaxy is 10 billion years old and it should take civilizations much less time to develop and travel through the galaxy, why isn't the universe teeming with aliens? Where is everybody?

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Fabricio Florencio
So amazing, so marvelous, so incredible! What a wonderful universe! So many things to learn, to understand, to see, to travel, and so short time in one life... 
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I guess if there is intelligent life out there, they will be very careful not to send any communication to us.After destroying the Earth, we would try to reach them and continue our destruction on newer planets. 
nimim. Marko Mikkilä
From the point of view of idealistic monism; there is only One, so everybody is everywhere:-)
I can't wait till we can travel to other earth-like planets and start mutilating their farm animals. Then when the people of that planet see our spacecraft, we can just fly away laughing, leaving them scratching their heads.
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The universe could indeed be full of life, but intelligent life is a different story altogether!!! remember it took a meteor to rid the dinosaurs which roamed over 200 million years to allow mammals to prosper and eventually us....the only intelligent life to ever exist on Earth.
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mike smith
Billions of stars with billions of planets that orbit them. And thats just in OUR galaxy there are billions more galaxys ffs. We are not alone fact.
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Fermi assumed that "advanced" and "colonizing" or "expantionist" is the same thing. Why would billion year old aliens behave like 16th century Europeans? Especially given that reaching an equilibrium with nature and curbing resource consumption would be a skill and probably an inclination that any long lived civilization would probably have to develop/evolve. Why wouldn't it be prefereable to any of them to instead watch us from afar (and to take bets) the same way BBC planet Earth films animals in the wild? Without anouncing their presence and disrupting our natural development. It is probably more reasonable to assume they are content with big ass telescopes than that they would want to pay us a visit, take our water or take our women.
joseph rellama
time to get away from the notion that all life that exists must have water. Just because we need water doesnt mean all life needs water.
Rumple Stiltskin
All of these types of programs need to preface their monologue with the statement, "Life as We know it". I find it odd that humans continually look for life like us. Why? Look at the varied life forms on earth, and you would not expect the universe to make more than Homo-sapiens, Sentient? We are even beginning to see that Ant Colonies which work almost like our physical bodies, may come to being sentient, but of a type we may not recognize because of our humanistic EGOISTIC believe that we deserve what we want and believe, regardless of the truth staring us in the face. Until humans can get past their animal natures we will always be savage and incomprehensible. And we humans want the freedom to spread our seed without the understanding of the consequences that will be endured by your progeny when confronted by a more advance sentient species !!!
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