Originally Posted by iARDAs
Question : What if we are the most advanced beings in the universe and every other alien out there are inferior to us througout the galaxy? lol
Our planet has undergone complete oblivion multiple times, resulting in a "reset" for most branches of life. If you assume all life on earth has common lineage, and our evolution has been guided only by (the yet to be explained) natural order through natural selection.. you still have a benchmark of about 4.5 billion years before you get to the "level" of human intelligence.
Given the size of the galaxy, and the fact that even our sun is relatively young... I'd say it's reasonable to assume we're late to the party. In just 1 billion years (sparing a nuclear holocaust or the like) we should be infinitely more complex beings. There are solar systems in our galaxy with sun-like stars that are just finishing up their life cycle and getting ready to explode. Given the scale of the galaxy, it seems reasonable to assume that there are many more like that.. and with the scale of the universe we can only conclude that there must
be more life.
It took us a mere 100 years to go from being invisible, primitive life.. to being communicable. The galaxy is 100,000 light years in diameter. If we invented a way to send light-speed communication in all directions 100 years ago, we'd have made that communication to .1% of the galaxy, and according to Einstein's relativity.. we'd only now be capable of hearing roughly .05% of our Galactic neighbors responding.
If we can manage to communicate to our entire galaxy before we drive ourselves into extinction, I'll be impressed. It's quite the task. Quite another task to wait for the response. It'd take 100,000 years for our fastest form of communication to reach the edge of our galaxy, and another 100,000 years to hear that response.
I mean, this is all under the assumption that Einstein is correct and Bohr is wrong. If we can interact with the quantum field to change the results of entangled particles that are beyond ex-communicable distances (based on relativity,) then we can break the light speed barrier. That would open the door for some amazing stuff.
But yeah. As far as being the most intelligent in our galaxy, I'd say that's very unlikely.Edited by Mookster - 9/3/16 at 10:12am