Where Are The Aliens? (Pt 1/3)
We need to remove our blinders if we want to see and understand
Many turn to what’s known as the Drake Equation to estimate how many intelligent civilizations might exist “out there” either in our galaxy, or in the visible portion of the universe. However there are a host of assumptions which are made in order to establish results from that equation. At best its a process that begins with guesswork, uses hundreds or thousands of additional guesses yielding assumptions, and then provides a number at the end which can be interpreted in many ways.
In essence, the SETI project or the “Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence” is based loosely on the fact that all those guesses in the Drake Equation pretty much gives us a clue that there MUST be other beings out there. The prime example and most solid fact in existence on this subject is that WE exist!
So where are they and why haven’t we seen evidence of them?
Lets start with basics.
Extra Terrestrial… That means life which comes from somewhere away from Earth. Non-earthly sourced life. We will use the term “Alien” as a reference to these beings from elsewhere.
Intelligence… Here’s where we end up with the biggest problem!
The Drake Equation depends upon many assumptions, with the key one being that any intelligent race of beings would end up with technology similar to what we’ve developed within the last couple of hundred years on Earth. That assumption is based on the idea that such technology is essential and necessary and pretty much the “only way to go” if you have “intelligence.”
However, if you were an intelligent being perched on a distant planet and able to watch what folks on Earth are doing, would you conclude that we are “intelligent?”
Look at the mess we’ve made of our home world, the massive killing brought about by wars, the presence of starvation amidst the potential for abundance, the avarice, greed, pride, selfishness, and mental disturbances that are simply horrific! Add to that the degrading stability of the planet itself with increasing earthquakes, more violent storms, and huge fires on most continents. Then there are the diseases which keep…