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Will humanity ever find intelligent life?

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I do not doubt that there is intelligent life in the Universe somwhere - but with the 'supposed' restrictions of speed (i.e. it is said that it is impossible to travel at the speed of light or higher) is it actually likely we will ever find other intelligent life given the vast size of the Universe?
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Given enough passage of time, man could very well encounter life from another planet. In fact, it is probable given the vastness of space and the number of planets which reside in the "goldilocks" zone (Planets that are situated at a distance from a star so that there is the possibility of life forming). Aside from all three dimensional possibilities, there is also the possibility that aliens could reside in a dimension that is somehow inaccessible to humans.

Yes, there inevitably will be a whole lot of discussion surrounding aliens and the possibility that intelligent life could exist out there, but should mankind really invest all his energy, resources, and time trying to search for these extraterrestrials? I would say that although the possibility of there being intelligent life out there is intriguing at least to the fantasist, I feel that the issue of whether or not we will find intelligent life out there is ultimately a distraction.

There is a whole diversity of life here on planet Earth but no one seems to be satisfied with that. Instead it seems that we must look away from ourselves and search endlessly for a form of life which probably wouldn't be all that interesting or meaningful to us when we find it (or if we do find it).

Humanity must look from within to find anything that would be meaningful to their life just as the individual must look from within to find truth and anything that could be meaningful to their life. When we look outside of ourselves for anything meaningful, we unconsciously are subscribing to the philosophy of materialism wherein the value and meaning of consciousness is denied. It is only in consciousness that we discern what has any relevance in our lives and in fact what has any meaning in our lives.

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In our own galaxy we have some 200 billion suns, just think how many planets if we go by our own sun, can there be going around this hugh number of suns. So in our own galaxy there must be a great chance of other life forms. We can't hope to ever travel at the speed of light and even if we could, that is still not fast enough to cover the distances to even the nearest suns in one lifetime.

There are billions of galaxies out there that we are able to see, how many more that we can;t see is just too mind numbing to think of. So there just has to be life forms somewhere, even if not in our galaxy.

If we can't travel the distances within our own galay, just think about the vast deep space distances between galaxies. Maybe there is a faster speed than the speed of light, but we just haven't found it yet. That is our only hope of ever covering these vast spaces.

Perhaps some other lifeform on some distant galaxy has found the answer to covering the distances that we can only wonder at, maybe we should wait for them to find us, or are they already here.

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This is a common paradox to astronomers. Based on the age of the milky way, the number of earth like planets habitable for life in the milky way, and the light years it takes to travel across the milky way. There has already been more than enough time for numerous civilizations to arise, get to the point of technological advancement to travel across the milky way in space, and reach earth.
Based on the calculations we should have already met alien life.
So either we are alone, aliens have purposely not wanted to travel space, space travel is impossible beyond ones own galaxy, all civilizations destroy themselves before they reach that point, or alien life has reached us and has decided not to expose themselves to us,

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With all the accounts of alien encounters in the past century alone, it would seem that intelligent life has come to us many times, but we still can't believe it. Whenever someone comes forth with a story of encounter or abduction, the debunkers are ready to tear it apart. I don't think science or anyone else is willing to believe or wants to admit that intelligent life other than our own exists. When what you seek comes to you and you turn your back on it, that tells alot about your greatest fears.

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I have heard that, based on calculations, the probability of life on other planets is extremely high. Due to the distances involved, the probability of us ever encountering this life is extremely low.

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I think SETI = Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence can give the best answer to your question :)

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Yes, we have. Dolphins.

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