Salad Shooter wrote:I do not think we will be the only intelligent life ever to exist. But considering the nature of the universe, other intelligent life-forms may be far removed from us in time as well as space.
Yeah, I agree. Seems unlikely that, as vast as the universe is, we're the only sentient creatures out there. But it also seems pretty unlikely that, again, considering how vast the universe is, we'd ever bump into other thinking creatures like ourselves.
Salad Shooter wrote:The question is, is intelligent life common enough for us to be able to find it while we exist as a species? I hope so.
Really? Part of me agrees with you. It would be so freaking cool/interesting to discover sentient aliens. But then the more practical part of me replies, are you crazy? Chances are very good that the encounter would not end well for one or both sides. What if the aliens were aggressive? Or carrying some kind of deadly illness? Or even if that wasn't the case, I'm not sure humanity would handle it very well. I mean, I kinda agree with what Tobias (I think) said in one of the books - if humans can't even accept homosexuals, how are they going to react to a race of aliens? We can't even manage to live peacefully with each other, so how could we expect to coexist peacefully with aliens? Unless, I guess, we only ever interacted through long-distance communication and never met up in person. That might work out okay.
Anifan on Reddit: "Do you realize you're one of the reasons why I write fiction in my free time?"
KA: "So sorry to get you into writing. What a horrible thing to inflict on you. Should have just sold you crack."