I want to present an argument that there is no doubt we have been visited and cataloged by a technologically advanced race of extraterrestrials.
I was watching an episode of Ancient Aliens and they were interviewing an astro-physicist who said "we have 200 billion stars in our galaxy and 200
billion galaxies in our Universe." This got me thinking about the total number of stars in our Universe.
Here's what the google told me:
"There are about 10 billion galaxies in the observable universe! The number of stars in a galaxy varies, but assuming an average of 100 billion stars
per galaxy means that there are about 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that's 1 billion trillion) stars in the observable universe!"
Now we all know the Drake equation but let's think about the numbers and values anyway. The next question would be how many of these stars have earth
like planets in the so called "goldilocks zone" so life can have a chance to exist.
"Potential habitable zone status. In November 2013, astronomers reported, based on Kepler space mission data, that there could be as many as 40
billion Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zones of Sun-like stars and red dwarfs in the Milky Way, 11 billion of which may be orbiting
It's kind of dumb number because life could develop on planets bigger and smaller than Earth. And life may develop on with stars that are not exactly
like our sun. Just considering "Earth-sized planets" would reduce the total number possible of having life. It's okay though. 11 billion is a pretty
Say life developed on say 1%. That would be 10 million. And let's say out of the that number only 1% or 100,000 become technologically advance. And
let's say out that number 1% or 1000 sustain a technologically advanced culture for more than 500 years. And let's say out that 1000 only 1% have a
technologically advanced culture lasting over 1,000,000 years. So we end up with 10. But just 1 is enough!
Some interesting numbers to consider in terms of life and technologically advanced culture lasting over 1,000,000 years:
* The universe is 13.8 billion years old
* The Milky Way is among the oldest of galaxies 13.51 billion years old
* The Earth is 4.543 billion years old
* It took 4 billion years for life to develop on earth.
So our galaxy and universe are plenty old enough to have technologically advanced cultures lasting over 1,000,000 years several times over.
So now in terms of extraterrestrial visitations what does it mean to have even just one technologically advanced culture over a million years old.
Well, the first what would be the motivation. The technologically advance countries of this planet have explored every nook and crannie of this
planet. There is absolutely nothing we need from aboriginal tribes but we visit them anyway. We have documented over "12,000 species of ants all
over the world." So exploration and documentation seems to be a highly motivating force based on what we have done with our own planet.
My thinking is assume for a moment we have all the necessary technology to search for life on other Worlds. Why would we do it? We would do it just
for the information. We would do it just for documenting and experiencing culture from other forms of life. We would do it just for fun of it!
After 1,000,000 years of video game technology development reality would probably be the only thing left that that is fun and interesting!
Let's think about what it means to be a technologically advanced culture lasting over 1,000,000 years. Obviously, the extraterrestrials will need
some way to get here. Most people assume they would have some kind of FTL technology. But I think any culture lasting over a million years would
almost certainly have "Jump-Drives" capable of traveling to any point in the Universe in an instance.
Now let's assume our million year old technologically advanced culture had Jump-drives. No one ever talks about it but FTL or Jump-drive would require
a huge amount of energy. Well, the Universe is made of the very thing needed to get us from one place to the other. Energy is plenty abundant with
anti-matter fluctuations in the quantum foam. "Richard Feynman and John Wheeler calculated the zero-point radiation of the vacuum was so powerful
that even a small cup of it would be enough to set all of Earth’s oceans to a boil."
So even though not every physicist accepts Richard Feynman and John Wheeler's interpretation and conclusions let's assume they are right. Then just
the amount of dark energy alone needed to accelerate the expansion of the Universe is a source of energy plenty big enough to power over millions of
So this brings me to my next level of speculation. If you were going to approach the problem of exploring for other life forms how would you
proceed? So if our million year old technologically advanced culture has jump-drives, a sufficient power source, then I think it's safe to assume our
million year old technologically advance culture has robot technology capable of self-replication. Self replicating robots would be mining asteroid
fields producing more self-replicating robots. Currently the World produces 70 million cars per year mostly created with robot technologies.
Let's say our extraterrestrial robot technology in addition to self-replicating also produce exploration drones with jump-drives. Maybe all the
self-replicating mining robots have jump-drives and life detection technology. As the drones use their jump-drives to jump to the next star running
instruments for detecting life they then also go to the nearby planets or asteroid fields and start replicating using local resources.
The idea of detecting life from outer space just using information obtained from spectral analysis is an interesting topic. Here is a great TED talk
on ways of detecting life from outer space:
How do we search for alien life if it's nothing like the life that we
So let's return back to the question of the numbers. Say our self-replicating mining robots with jump-drives and life detection technology are
producing 100 million new space probes per year. Say for argument each probe makes one jump per year. In ten years we have one billion probes. In
100 years our probes could have searched for life on 100 billion stars. So searching the Milky Way galaxy would take 200 years to probe every star
for life or shorter depending on the exponential self-replication. I'm just too old to do calculus rates of change problems anymore. So let's just
assume the numbers are linear so I don't get a headache.
Now recently we have heard of detection equipment is now capable of distinguishing planets having water and therefore possibly in the goldilocks zone.
So maybe a million year old technologically advanced culture would have better ways of knowing which nearby stars would be worth jumping to to speed
up the search.
edit on 20-9-2019 by dfnj2015 because: (no reason given)