posted on Jan, 19 2006 @ 03:00 AM
Well, I avoided Babylon 5 references because...Well, we're talking science here, not "technobable", and I've already made so many references to
sci fi shows. That was, however, the original source from which I heard the seeding concept.
There's a problem, though, with billion year old civilizations. If they exist, Darwin was dead wrong. Personally, in my research into evolution, I
agree with this sentiment, though I don't necessarily dismiss evolution. As popular science goes, though, Darwin is king and his model reigns
supreme. If we are to believe Babylon 5 or the other source, evolution must happen very rapidly on some planets, and intelligence must be the focus
from bacteria to whatever. By all the evidence we have here on earth on how life may develop, there is no reason to believe this beyond sci-fi
stories. To believe what you've proposed, we have to say Earth is the exception, and other planets develop intelligent life far faster and far
smarter. What possible reason would we have to believe this other than Star Trek is cool? Yeah, great idea, fun idea, novel idea, but the time lines
As to the trillions of years beyond, that's inaccurate. As you stated, technology, so far as the 20th century goes, advanced parabolicly. Therefore,
if a race had 935,000,000 years of development before we did, we would only be 935,000,000 years behind them...Assuming we're complete equals.
However, while technology today is advancing very rapidly, there have been times in human history where technological development doesn't only
stagnate, it backtracks. Again, what is the reason to believe we are the exception and not the norm? All of these theories hinge on Earth and humanity
being distinctly unique in the Universe, and all other life developed differently and faster than us. Even though the contention is that humanity is
pathetic compared to all other species on the planet, that's just as arrogant as believing we could be first for FTL travel. Humanity being the scum
at the bottom of the barrel is just as likely as us being the gold plating on that cast iron ring.
So other than sci-fi stories and con men, what scientific reasoning is there to believe Earth is the exception and not the rule?