Recent developments beyond the world, or rather the lack of them, have intrigued me. As a curious peripheral observer of the UFO phenomenon, I have detected a stellar dis-economy of scale: a cosmological counterpoint to the economic law of diminishing returns. I often wonder, with the technological capabilities humans possess and the array of devices scanning the sky, why have we not by now made contact with an extra-terrestrial or two? It certainly is not for lack of effort. Or of manpower, on our side. We have several quasi-governmental bodies (SETI, e.g.) devoted solely to the task.
It got me thinking…. There are countless – let’s say thousands and stay on the conservative side for argument’s sake – of earth-similar, life supportable, rocky planets orbiting sun-like stars that we know about in the universe. It seems to me the likelihood that advanced biological life has arisen on a small percentage of them is large. Of those planets where life has flourished, a small percentage would develop beings with advanced intelligence, similar to human.
Given that the time period in question is roughly 13.75 billion years (literally, all the time in the world), and taking into account the minute percentages involved, it would seem to me that, by now, we on earth should have experienced incontestable evidence of “communion” much more significant than has been reported to date in popular media.
I have a theory — that I hope is not as close to truth as other theories, the Theory of Gravity or of Evolution come to mind for example – a hypothesis that suggests one explanation for this Space Age dichotomy. That is, that intelligence itself poses an existential threat to the species that it (science) is not able to solve, sufficiently to pose a timely solution – a chilling prospect if it applies to our species.
Briefly, my point is that we earthlings have not communed with extra-terrestrial civilizations simply because those civilizations do not exist… long enough for communion to occur before they annihilate themselves; that by the time they reach the capacity to contact, they have progressed to the extent of developing nuclear or other equally destructive technology or weaponry, and they – being human-esque, and thus genetically predisposed to conflict, destroy themselves before they make contact with us. It is no secret that intelligence – particularly, lesser instances of it – is a dangerous thing. The ancient Greeks recognized this, millennia ago, and gave us the word sophomore – roughly, wise fool.
(Break Time – Popcorn in the Lobby)