posted on Nov, 28 2009 @ 11:43 PM
When you listen to the arguments back and forth between UFO proponents and debunkers, one issue that inevitably arises is one of
galactic/interplanetary scale. By the I mean the old debunker argument of, "they can't get here from there". The counter to this is usually
something along the lines of, "we can't now, but give us a few hundred years and we'll figure it out", and pointing to the prospect of faster than
light travel, worm holes, etc.
But what if we're wrong, Einstein was right all along and there really is no way to go faster than the speed of light?
Astronomers tell us that we're part of a unique era in universal development, that we're lucky because we've come along soon enough after the
beginning of the universe to be able to directly observe the afterglow of the big bang and it's visible edge, moments after creation. That billions
of years from now, the cosmic microwave background will have completely cooled and universal expansion will have increased to the point where the
first moments of the universe are no longer visible. This means that in billions of years, civilizations will evolve high technology and no matter how
advanced they become, will never know about the big bang or how the universe came to be, all that knowledge will be lost forever.
What if we missed a similarly unique epoch, where communication with, and travel to, other civilizations has come and gone forever?
Billions of years ago, galaxies, and stars within galaxies, were much, much closer together. Looking up at the sky during this time, stars would
totally fill your field of vision. Even during the day you could see the sky filled with them, day and night probably wouldn't be so dissimilar.
Civilizations would evolve essentially at one another's doorstep, probably less than a lightyear in any direction there could be dozens of them.
Maybe we're just too late to make contact with numerous other species in our galaxy. Perhaps the only species with the luxury of really exploring the
cosmos are the ones who were first on the scene, when the universe was much younger, and much smaller. It's possible that those species are still
around, it could be that after exploring and colonizing a smaller, younger universe, they've now stranded themselves all over and have evolved