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[–] derpyfingers 1 points 16 points (+17|-1) ago 

When wondering about intelligent extraterrestrial life, one must consider two things. One is time, the universe is 13-15 billion years old depending on who you ask. The other is distance, the universe is fucking huge. It took Earth 4.5ish billion years to go from a bunch of dust floating in space to where we are today. Human civilization has been around for a matter of tens of thousands of years. It only took 100,000 years or so for humans to go from their primitive form to what we are now. If it only takes 100,000 years for life to evolve to such an extent, there has been time for an insane amount of civilizations to form elsewhere in the universe and then completely disappear and leave no obvious signs that they ever existed.

You need to be in the right time and place to find alien life.

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[–] TigoleBitties 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Yup, the odds are they are either long dead, not yet evolved, or too far away.

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[–] Monsantos_Schlong 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

If we're the most advanced life in the cosmos my depression just got a lot worse.

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[–] 22jam22 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Ok i almost got mad the realised two far away means they are almost for sure out there but the distance we would never know.. I saw some video that basicaly said we will never get to another galaxy it is impossible unless wormholes or some improbable shit was real.. They are just moving to fast away from each other and the distance between them is insane as well.. Shit getting to another star is going to be almost impossible.

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[–] 11111105? 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

or they have always been there and really aren't into contacting the earth niggers

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[–] Dr_Shekel_Nigger 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

it took at least hundreds of millions of years of evolution, not 100,000 years, after billions of years of stabilization of climate, atmosphere, etc, for life to reach our "intelligent" state.

Here's a more important fact everyone overlooks: the universe is expanding, at an accelerating pace, which means even if there is "intelligent" life somewhere else, the odds are that it is traveling away from us at a faster rate than any technology could bring them towards us. Fairly recent research has found that most of the universe is traveling/expanding away from us. So if there is "intelligent" life out there, the odds, BY FAR, are that they are actually traveling AWAY from us right now faster than they could ever travel towards us

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[–] derpyfingers 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

When I said 100,000 years I was referring to the evolution of the species homo sapiens specifically. The only way we'd be able to visit intelligent civilizations would be with warp drive/wormhole technology

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[–] Cooking_with_Alf 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I also like to add that life forms that are able to bend space time and travel great distances in an instant are most likely capable of converting matter to energy, and energy to matter. They most likely have no desire to interact with a war mongering and backwards civilization such as ours, as they can simply go somewhere else far away from our bullshit. Taking our knowledge of nano technology, artificial intelligence, and folks buying into this trans-humanism nonsense into account, it's likely that an advanced starfarring civilization has ascended their intelligence into a machine, or a higher dimension. I would argue that we are like ants to them. An ant colony that exists for a blink of the eye.

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[–] zugz1m0reday 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Let's also not forget the "nope-factor." Consider all the ODDS are in favor of advanced intelligent light-year traveling alien species; they could take one look at us and just go, "Nope." And stay the fuck away from us, wait for us to either destroy ourselves or evolve into something more hospitable and intelligent.

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[–] derpyfingers 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Indeed. Type-zero or even type-one civilization could be so common in the universe that type-two or three civilizations that exist could pay us no mind. Dime a dozen.