Originally Posted by bomfunk
I don't see how it's arrogant to think we're the only living creatures in the universe
That is a pretty arrogant assumption to make, very christian
I'm not overtly keen on conspiracy theories, but i'm of the opinion that most of the hi-tech advances that "humans" have made in the last 65 years are reverse engineered from an original alien design - low voltage microprocessor technologies in particular
Designing a spacecraft that could travel to this planet or discovering a form of interstellar transport is hindered by any number of potential hiccups,, Cost, Scientific advances (also cost) Commercial Viablility (Cost) and life support, resource recycling. I think a lot of the physics advances are going to depend on the LHC experiements, trying to prove the existence of the Higgs Bosun - in order to validate the standard model..
All that in a backdrop of economic uncertainty - cut backs on science research etc - The only realistic way that we could get the technology to that level would be if we were in a WW2 situation - where scientific advances weren't held back such a flimsy excuse as cost