I agree with your take on it.
I always have and I keep an open mind on the subject.
One thing I would say is, you mention that we (Earth) is relatively new to the party. The universe -13.8 billion years old in comparison to the Earth @ around 4.5 billion years old. The Earth being relatively new is true for the moment, but lets say that the universe is in its infancy. There are many theories out there that the universe is likely to continue on for many 100 - 1000's of billions of years yet. If this becomes the case, then the Earth will become known as one of the "old timers" and may even be the first/original planet to harbour intelligent life. It may well turn out to be, long after its demise, known as the genesis for all life in the universe.
This is just a thought not a theory, one that I think should be considered when searching for E.T.
You mean flying saucers, of course.
The "observable universe" is that part that isn't dark.
As for aliens, why would they come here? We've done nothing worthy of the interest of a species capable of interstellar flight. I know some folks get puffed up with us being top of the heap here, but it's an awfully small heap.
yeah, what else is there to go and see in he universe other than planets with life? Bunch of rock and stars, sure, but life would seem to be quite interesting to most people, or else there wouldn't be any natural history documentaries.
I believe there are flying objects which have not been identified.
Depending on whom you ask, everything is relative.
*The first reported "triangular UFO" was near Belleville, Ill., just across the river from the US in Illinois.
Wouldn't it be sneaky for aliens to make their ships look like planes.
Admitting that the universe is so much older than Earth, even our galaxy is over 13 billion years old, it seems like very long odds that we are the first instance of intelligent life, or even anywhere near the first. There could easily have been planets as hospitable to intelligent life as ours is, for over a billion years before planet came into existence. So, as Dr. Fermi famously asked, where are they?
The fact that we have no indisputable evidence of the presence of intelligent extraterrestrials may due to our unreadiness to deal with this knowledge, and the cognizance and care employed by these other species in dealing with us.
Beyond a certain point of technical advancement, which could have been reached at many times and places in our galaxy, there is probably very little that escapes the notice of extraterrestrial civilizations. Then, too, if they wished to conceal themselves, they could almost certainly do so, to whatever degree of thoroughness was desired. They could probably even appear in an elusive manner, perhaps to gradually accustom us to their presence, without the degree of consistency that would permit scientific confirmation when we might desire it.
Wasn't claiming to state facts, merely what seem reasonable possibilities, hence the use of the words 'could have been' and 'probably'. Proof doesn't seem to apply, at our stage of knowledge.
Given our own rapidly expanding ability to scrutinize the universe, it seems quite reasonable that this would be far more advanced in a civilization millions of years our senior, quite likely in ways we can't even imagine.
Unless we're willing to assume ourselves unique, or nearly so, a multitude of more advanced civilizations in our galaxy appears to be a quite reasonable proposition.
So we know we're not alone.
One data point in a galaxy tells us only so much.
A second data point tells us MUCH more than twice-as-much.
That works for them too.
Unless you're further positing that the galaxy is perfectly lousy with alien civilizations, and we're far down on their list of interesting species to explore.
That's a bold posit indeed. Seems a bit jumping the gun.
As above, so below
Surely they would be heading to Erroticon6
As above, so below