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Is humanity insignificant?

ben2974
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2/4/2015 10:07:48 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
http://en.wikipedia.org...
http://waitbutwhy.com...

Fermi's Paradox essentially asks the question "where are they," referring to the extraordinarily massive and continually expanding universe - host to an untold amount of potential intelligent life. Take a moment and think hard about what all those estimated numbers in the second link signify. There is the pessimistic clich" that each one of us humans on Earth is so insignificant once juxtaposed to the totality of the universe perhaps going so far as to say that our lives and existence are meaningless.
But to me it is striking that, given the numbers, we haven't had any contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. If there really is nothing out there, then we might just be that significant: we are the only intelligent beings. Our lone planet and its inhabitants might really be the creation of a higher being. We're the chosen ones!!

Far-fetched. I know. But doesn't this kinda make us unique? I know that certainly there could be intelligent life out there that is at the same stage as ourselves, but given the numbers it seems highly unlikely.

Thoughts?
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2/6/2015 3:58:53 PM
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Student4Life1975
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4/24/2015 3:29:17 AM
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At 2/4/2015 10:07:48 PM, ben2974 wrote:
http://en.wikipedia.org...
http://waitbutwhy.com...

Fermi's Paradox essentially asks the question "where are they," referring to the extraordinarily massive and continually expanding universe - host to an untold amount of potential intelligent life. Take a moment and think hard about what all those estimated numbers in the second link signify. There is the pessimistic clich" that each one of us humans on Earth is so insignificant once juxtaposed to the totality of the universe perhaps going so far as to say that our lives and existence are meaningless.
But to me it is striking that, given the numbers, we haven't had any contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. If there really is nothing out there, then we might just be that significant: we are the only intelligent beings. Our lone planet and its inhabitants might really be the creation of a higher being. We're the chosen ones!!

Far-fetched. I know. But doesn't this kinda make us unique? I know that certainly there could be intelligent life out there that is at the same stage as ourselves, but given the numbers it seems highly unlikely.

Thoughts?

We are definately insignificant (except to ourselves) in the grand scheme of things. The size of the Universe ensures that. Even other worlds and the life on them that may have developed interstellar travel (regardless of the level of advencement of technology used) will be limited due to the immense size of the Universe.
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