Have you heard of the Fermi Paradox? A friend and I were talking about this the other day. Basically, two physicists, Enrico Fermi and Michael H. Hart, estimated (using science and mathematics!) that the probability of intelligent alien life is actually very high. They also realized that Earth and our sun are ridiculously young, so these other civilizations would have had billions of years to spread around the universe and discover us early on. For example, the Milky Way Galaxy probably could have been colonized by a species like humanity in less than 100 millions years. There are stars in this galaxy that are billions of years old! So the big question is: Where the hell are the aliens?!
Anyway, while discussing this with a friend I joked that aliens probably saw us fighting each other and having these giant wars over gods, oil, misunderstandings, etc. Wouldn’t you turn the other way? I’m just imagining aliens marking our planet “UNSTABLE: Stay Away!”
Of course, I also think that we shouldn’t assume that alien life would have the same desires as us. It’s possible they just aren’t looking for us. Humans have always longed to explore and figure things out. Alien life is probably very different. Their perceptions may be way beyond our ability to understand. While intelligent life may be probable, can we really be sure that intelligent exploration-driven life is probable as well? Maybe we are unique in that way. Maybe there are brilliant creatures living out there who have no desire to see the rest of the Universe. Maybe it isn’t important to them. I can respect that.
By the way, did you see the live stream of this drawing? Don’t miss the next one. People have been tuning in to draw with me and listen to music. It’s fun. If you want in next time, I post about the streams on Twitter and Facebook.