posted on Nov, 11 2013 @ 12:56 PM
Soylent Green Is People
Like I said in a post above, just about all people with a basic understanding of the size of the universe feel there probably is other intelligent
life out there, somewhere.
I think you would be hard-pressed to find people who feel that we are alone in the vast universe. I'm sure a few people like that exist, but they
would be aberrations, not the norm.
The usually-forgotten angle on this is that centuries ago, educated people shared the view that the other worlds around the Sun also had inhabitants,
likely civilizations too.
That view only receded as observational data in the last 200 years measured the surface conditions on other worlds and found how hostile they would be
to 'life as we know it'. so the retreat from the 'inhabited universe' notion was not the result of dogmatic closed-mindedness or petty geocentric
Earth-chauvinism, as some imagine, but based on interpretation and extrapolation of genuine observations and experiments.
The reversal in recent decades, including the question of current life on other biomes in the solar system [mostly underground liquid water on a dozen
worlds, some with MORE liquid water than Earth itself] and the hitherto unrecognized range of environments even here on Earth, has been one of the
most exciting fruits of space exploration in our lifetimes.
People are still puzzled why we don't seem to notice -- or recognize -- manifestly non-natural energy flows out in the galaxy and beyond. A wide
range of civilizations with a wide range of motivations ought to include at least a small few conducting engineering, gardening, aesthetic remodeling,
or wars that really ought to be producing detectable signals. Fermi's Paradox lives.
As to why putative visitors hereabouts aren't unambiguously present, that depends entirely on their motives for such visits, and is beyond the
control or understanding of the visitees.
It's the apparent silence OUT THERE that remains the challenge to explain, but there are suggestions. The question fascinates.