Something I don't think has been adequately touched on is how enormously VAST the Universe is.
1. Just our galaxy, not the universe, if you could travel instantaneously, and stopped at every star in just this galaxy for only one single second,
it'd take over 12,000 years from start to stop.
2. Doing the same for every star in the Universe, with instant travel, stopping for only one single second at each star, it'd take over
Hundreds of Trillions Times Longer than the Universe is currently old
, and then some.
There's enough space in the Universe for every single work of fiction that's ever been written or even conceived of being written, for every single
story, even comics and cartoons to have their very own galaxies all to themselves, with enough left over galaxies, and space between all of them
enough such that no one other inhabited galaxy ever even detects another as being inhabited.
Yes, there could actually be a Star Wars Galaxy out there.
That's on a Galaxy level and Universe level.
WE could occupy every square light year in THIS Galaxy and never ever detect intelligent life anywhere else in the whole of the entire Universe, even
if every other Galaxy is packed elbow to tentacle teeming with life.
... and here 'we' are, with people talking about aliens visiting us on our tiny little fraction of a speck of dust floating somewhere out in the
farther reaches of one of the ambiguous arms of a rather typical Spiral Galaxy among Hundreds of Billions of other quite very similar Spiral Galaxies.
Sure, there might be life out there ... somewhere ... but, from a planetary scale, anyone bumping into us, even if they were actively looking for us,
is a longer shot than betting on a dead horse.
Then, of course, there's tons of other things to consider, like, we haven't even really managed to effectively communicate with dolphins on the order
of magnitude we'd need for communicating with aliens, and dolphins are mammals!
Octopus, and Squid are pretty smart, yet, how's communication with them coming along? ... and they're actually evolved here on Earth!
Chances are, any aliens encountered, if ever, will be quite very ... Alien, in ways which we've never forecast or imagined.
edit on 11/24/2013 by AliceBleachWhite because: (no reason given)