I came across this article a few days ago and just got around to reading it. I thought it was pretty interesting so I figured I would share it with everyone.
This is one of the many questions that I have often asked myself, where is everyone? It seems that scientists are always telling us about all the millions and billions of stars that are surrounded by infinite habitable worlds capable of supporting life. The fact is that none, not one, of those planets, that we know of has evolved a civilization and made contact with us. I will also sat that just because they have not made contact does not mean they are not out there, it could simply be that they are less evolved than us and lack the technology to do so. With that being said the above article put forth a very interesting idea, one that I had never really thought of. Perhaps we humans are the most technologically evolved civilization in the universe. Let that sink in for a second…
If that were true is suddenly feels like we have much more of a moral responsibly to make it, at least in my opinion. I had never really put that thought together with this idea. The article made mention of so many different ideas, all of which I was familiar with, but for some reason the thought that we could very well be the first and most advanced never crossed my mind.
Deep down I do not believe we are the first technologically advanced civilization in the universe, but the lack of evidence of others certainly gives that line of thinking more ammunition. The article makes mention of different reasons why there could be very few, if any, civilizations out there from Gamma Ray Bursts, to not enough heavy metals in a certain galaxies. It seems that with all these different things that are needed for life to prosper, it is near impossible for intelligent life to arise. Which makes me ask another question, how did we get here?
I have often said, and I am sure you are tired of hearing, that we humans are one of the greatest statistical anomalies in the known universe. The shear probability that we could arise from primordial soup billions of years ago is nothing short of a miracle. So if you follow that sort of logic that we are very lucky indeed. You still have to think that there are numerous if not tens of thousands of planets and civilizations that were not so lucky for a variety of reasons. It is very easy to make an argument for there being thousands of civilizations out there in the vast cosmos, but for every theory for it is just as easy to throw out something that tears that back down to just lonely us.
I wonder if as a species we need to change our mindset of there being many other civilizations out there. If we were of the mindset that we are it, I wonder if that would change our overall state of mind as a species. I think there is this, albeit subtle, line of thinking that we will make contact with someone else and they will give us their technology and that will help us get to the next level of evolution or at the very least solve most of our problems. I wonder how we would change if we found out we are the most advanced civilization in the universe. I don’t think we actively believe this, but I do believe that most think there is a civilization out there that is more technologically advanced than ours. I also think that if we were to find out otherwise, suddenly everything we are doing here becomes that much more important as the fastest super computer here on Earth is the most advanced machine in the universe. How weird does that sound and how hard is that to fathom?
I kind of feel sorry if there are other civilizations out there and they are waiting on us to make contact with them. I think they are in for a rude awakening. We have way too many of our own problems, as I am sure all civilizations do. It would seem that we are too busy killing ourselves over silly issues and finding new ways to destroy our home planet. If we are the first and or only intelligent beings in the universe, all those other problems we have seem a bit trivial to me. I think there is more riding on our shoulders than we know.