Old Intelligence is Already Here

The article referenced below ponders the question of whether our technology is too primitive to detect advanced ET life. Yes, our technology is too primitive to detect technology that is advanced far enough beyond ours to avoid detection.

The electromagnetic “profile” of life on Earth has been spreading out into space for about 100 years now. Suppose that 100 years from now, we develop a Faster Than Light (FTL) or “warp” drive that enables us to outrun our spreading EM ripples. Suppose that around the same time, we discover a new developing civilization and decide to “protect” them from any knowledge of our existence. It should be fairly simple to block our transmissions from ever reaching some distant star system.

An FTL or warp drive is purely speculation at this point. But similar speculation can imagine other technologies that could be used to mask the presence of an advanced civilization. If an advanced civilization can hide itself from us, they likely would also have the ability to visit us or virtually move among us without detection.

The Drake Equation makes it difficult to believe we are alone and just as it is unlikely for two intelligent civilizations to spring up very near to each other in space, it is equally unlikely for that to happen in time. This means when we finally discover other intelligent life, the greatest likelihood is that they will be either far behind us or far ahead of us. If they are far behind us, we will notice them before they notice us. If they are far ahead of us, they will notice us before we notice them.

A civilization that is not just advanced technologically, but also advanced spiritually and ethically might have both the ability and the motivation to shelter our growth and development while remaining invisible to us. Perhaps our efforts to search for alien intelligence should be centered at home.

Is Our 21st-Century Technology Too Primitive to Detect Advanced Extraterrestrial Life? – [dailygalaxy.com]

Some of the world’s leading astronomers — including Great Britain’s astronomer royal, Sir Martin Rees — believe aliens, rather than using different radio waves or visible light to signal, may be using an entirely different communication medium such as ghostly neutrinos or with gravitational waves (ripples in the fabric of space-time) or using communication mechanisms we cannot begin to fathom.

“The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life — much less intelligence — beyond this Earth,” said Arthur C. Clarke, “does not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Our technology must still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime.”

Lord Rees, a leading cosmologist and astrophysicist who is the president of Britain’s Royal Society and astronomer to the Queen of England believes the existence of extraterrestrial life may be beyond human understanding.

SEE ALSO:
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Drake Equation

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