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  •  It's very, very rarely noted (1+ / 0-)
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    that with the universe around 14 billion years old, while the chances of there having been life on other planets is exceedingly high verging on near certainty, the chances that life advanced enough to be able to transmit and receive radio signals strong enough to travel the light years necessary to reach the next such life form, would not only emerge, but be able to transmit and receive long enough to be able to send and detect signals to and from a similar life form elsewhere, are exceedingly small. The relatively low odds of such an advanced life form developing, plus the vast distances and age of the universe, make our detecting such signals exceedingly small, verging on zero IMO.

    In fact, I'd argue that were we to ever detect such transmissions, we'd have detected them years ago. Either we have, and they're not telling us, or we likely never will. It's not that there isn't life elsewhere, but simply that the chances of detecting it via radio are next to nil.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:44:58 AM PDT

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