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

Would also explain why we have not yet — and probably never will be contacted by life that is MORE intelligent than us. I suspect all extraterrestrial encounters are a one way street: advanced intelligence finds oblivious inferior intelligence -> nothing to be gained by interacting -> advanced intelligence moves on. Since it’s so unlikely that two civilizations would be at the exact same technological stage at the same time, this scenario would play out in >99% of all encounters.