Are we the earliest intelligent species in the universe?
Most people believe that we will eventually find life elsewhere in the universe despite us having found no conclusive evidence of it so far. SETI has been hunting for signs of an advanced alien civilization for years but has to date come up with nothing. Could it be that intelligent life is simply too 'young' to be sufficiently widespread for contact to occur ? What if humans are one of the first ever intelligent species to exist in the universe ?
Arthur C Clarke once commented on this possibility by suggesting that in a trillion years advanced civilizations may look back on us and say "they knew the Universe when it was young."
Perhaps he was right.
There are 200 billion stars in the Milky Way and 90% are small enough and old enough to have planets in orbit. And only 10% of these stars were formed with enough heavy elements to have Earth-like planets with 2% of these in orbit within their star's habitable zone.
( via dailygalaxy.com )
Everything3d2.com wrote October 11, 2012 12:23:27 PM CEST
What is more likely is that the more advanced alien civilizations don't use radio signals at all.
Radio being a very slow form of communication, all be it at the speed of light. But there is another
form of communication using nonlocality, meaning there is no distance between objects. Even if this
device is on the other side of the universe, it is as if the two devices are touching. Therefore we are
just too primitive to communicate as yet with them. We're not special, we're too stupid yet.
See spooky action at a distance, nonlocality, and entanglement.