The year is 8825 A.D.
We humans have spread throughout the galaxy, coloninsing and terraforming planets.
We have travelled to other galaxies and done the same there.
We have discovered no other life.
We have discovered other dimensions and found them empty.
Science has given us the ability to travel in time and we found Roswell was a prank by students from the year 7740.
We have found no life anywhere and nearly all the universe is mapped.
Where does that leave us?
Wrong. Humanity won't last another 5,000 years. With overpopulation, genetic engineering and the rise of intelligent machines, we'll be lucky to
last another 1,500.
Working on my third draft of a reply to this...
I feel that to ask this question (OP) is sadly nearsighted - but I cannot hold that against you.
To pose this question is to assume that humanities focus for the next 5000 years will be finding extra-terrestrial life. If it is the case that
humanity invests really, any measure of devotion to finding such life, we will be extending what would be simple observation, to probing. Not that
kind of probing you sickos. The point in this statement however, is to consider, in the entirety of human history, on how many occasions has simple
observation yielded scientific data, and comparatively on how many occasions has probing yielded scientific data.
Ill digress to a metaphor if you'll all be so generous -
- If the US had not 'probed' (invaded) Iraq looking for WMDs, and simply Observed (not, invaded...) the country using our highly sophisticated drone
network, we would have likely noted that no such weapons existed... This would have truly prevented an unnecessary war, and hell, if he did fire off a
nuke we would have known definitively ( let's not get too deep into the logistics here... it's a metaphor and probably a terrible, only slightly
accurate one ).
Consider this when you think about whether or not humanity should continue Searching for extra-terrestrial 'intelligent' life - we will waste billions
of lives, googleplexes of dollars, and a lot of heartache, looking for something that may not be there - when in reality, if it's there and we're
'supposed' to find it, we simply will; it's not a matter of how far or wide we search, in terms of the galaxy or universe - if more life exists, and
an overlap occurs, it will be a result of time and necessity, not our 'search'.
Consider how likely it is that a Sloth would find a Humpback whale if he was searching for one - but then consider that given enough time and random
coincidence, he just might see one.
To really conclude - I would suggest that as a whole, we stop looking for such life and embrace the fact that we have more important things to deal
with on our own planet. If it's out there and anywhere near enough to us for us To find it, we will eventually. Our search effort is so minimal it's
edit on 11-9-2013 by DigitalJedi805 because: Conclusion added