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  •  personally= rare Earth Hypothesis......BUT (0+ / 0-)

    more information/ exploration needed

    the most extreme version of that is along the lines of Isaac Asimov's "FOUNDATION series" where each galaxy basically develops only 1 sentient species due to the vagaries of chance

    personally hope reality is not along the lines of Assimov's extreme version but we have no way of knowing at this point in our development

    Another possibility not mentioned is along the lines of Stephen Hawkings controversial statements about humanity should stop sending out messages and long range probes advertising our existence = opening ourselves up to hostile entities by letting them know where we are

    ^ might be a logical step in all sentient devolpment meaning there are many other sentient life forms out there but they at a point in their history decided to play more defensively and make themselves less obvious by transmissions etc

    Personally feel that the possibility of ^ means we should instead focus on improving our observation capabilities not for transmissions but for xenoforming (think alien terraforming) within solar systems since a logical step in a civilizations development and spreading out from their home would would be altering their local system either expand habitable planets for themselves and or manage resources better (asteroid minning) etc

    •  Asimov did that because (1+ / 0-)
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      the magazine editor that he worked most closely with (John W. Campbell) was racist and would have demanded that the humans always win.

      In a Foundation series book by a different author SPOILER ALERT this is retconned by the revelation that humans sent out robot ships to terraform the planets (and kill off any natives) in advance of colonization.

      Chechnya: Russia's North Carolina.

      by NE2 on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 08:44:34 AM PDT

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    •  The equation needs more work (1+ / 0-)
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      As mentioned above, there may well be so many specific requirements, applied in just the right order, for life to develop beyond the one-cell animacule state. And any misstep along the way -- a collision with a 10km meteor, an evolutionary cul-de-sac that prevents further development, a sun with just a little too much variability in output -- could wipe out complex life like expensive cocktails at a Republican dinner. One out-of-place factor, and BOOM! complex life is gone.

      The metaphysical impact of being the only intelligent species of life in an entire universe, or even one per galaxy, is staggering. Although the fact that there is at least one non-primate intelligence on earth (cetaceans) is some argument against our galactic solitude.

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