“Humanity is most likely the only intelligent species in the Milky Way Galaxy at present.”

Intelligent extraterrestrials may be rare, explaining Fermi's Paradox

#Space

Wed, Jun 27th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While not arguing that finding extraterrestrial intelligence would be impossible, researchers believe that getting life and intelligence to happen is astronomically rare that, most likely, humans are the only intelligent species in the Milky Way. This got Elon Musk going about humans expanding beyond Earth.

“What we are not showing is that SETI is pointless – quite the opposite!” said Dr. Sanberg. “There is a tremendous level of uncertainty to reduce. The paper shows that astrobiology and SETI can play a big role in reducing the uncertainty about some of the parameters. Even terrestrial biology may give us important information about the probability of life emerging and the conditions leading to intelligence. Finally, one important conclusion we find is that lack of observed intelligence does not strongly make us conclude that intelligence doesn’t last long: the stars are not foretelling our doom!”

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