The debate "If there were intelligent alien races they would have contacted us by now" was started by
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we're an intelligent life form, but we don't have the ability to visit an extrasolar planet even if we knew there was life on it. there's no way to know
Before anyone says aliens aren't real consider that the definition of an alien is simply "someone who does not originate from Earth". If you still believe that in the infinite universe containing thousands of planets and galaxies, especially with scientists revealing that they have in fact discovered distant Earth-like planets that could even sustain our life there is not a single otherworldly life form; then you my friend are an idiot.
I think we might (as a species) one day find alien life.
But I completely agree it won't happen in our life time. There's a sliver of a chance we'll find extremely primitive cellular life if certain technologies open us up to interstellar travel before you and I die. But it's a sliver of a sliver of a chance.
theres no way we will ever meet other alien life forms, in our life time at least.
The problem with that is that telescopes pick up old light. For example, light from a galaxy a million lightyears away takes a million years to reach us. We're looking at the past. if a species a million light years away loojed ay light from our planet it would be a glimpse into earth's past, a million years ago.
I disagree because if they were intelligent and galaxies away, they would have found us with a telescope-like device and send us a message which will take millennia to reach us since we are parsecs away.
And vice-verca is true too. Just because we're pumping radio waves out there doesn't mean anyone will ever hear it, or understand how to interpret the signal except perhaps for the fact of it's deliberateness.
As a species, we've been around for a hundred-thousand years, so our light-cone hasn't even reached another galaxy yet. Barely at all could anyone in the galaxy observe earth with signs of intelligence worth contacting.
And this is all assuming advanced alien races which WOULD contact other alien races would use a communication method like radio. Maybe quantum entanglement makes for better communication over vast distances and to those alien races our radio waves just sound like the cry of a baby to the ear of an adult.
Well, let's think. Aliens, wich have developed into the same phase as us, sends a radiosignal to us from 10 000 light years away. When it reaches us 10 000 years later, even 8 000 years old mummies won't know what the f*** is a radio?
Why? Of what interest would we be to them? Given the advancement of technology seems to lend itself towards advancing computer systems, digital networks, quantum science and the like it's almost certain that highly advanced alien races capable of intergalactic communication have forms, concerns and cognition that would be so alien to us they'd have no impulse to contact us.
The matter we consist of only represents a sliver of the energy in motion out there. If there is extremely advanced alien life out there, they're going after the dark energy. After all, power centers go where the money is, and we're just mold on a backwater rock orbiting a below-average star made out of "the simple stuff".
Other intelligent life hasn't been found yet what if they haven't found us?
That is like saying if there were people on other continents they would have contacted me by now. I have never spoken to someone who was in Australia, therefore there must not be anyone there. Why should intelligent life contact us? We are on one tiny blue speck in the universe. If they were far enough away, light from our sun may not have ever been visible to them, so why should they come looking for us?
If they are less advanced then us, then no.
We are monitoring the skies, but we can't listen everywhwere at thhe same time.
Not necessarily, they could be wondering why we haven't contacted them!