hi. i joined this site almost exactly a year ago, but then got sidetracked. hopefully i can stay focussed to return, cos, according to an independant site describing intp's, i am definitiely one and interested in how others like me think.
but anyway, this topic interested me, and after reading a few responses (albeit years old) i have to add mine.
dreams: i used to often dream of flying. yeah yeah, common enough, all i can add is that i did it by standing and 'urging' myself up, and up i would go. lately though, and it's kind of odd, but i dream more of bounding along on all fours at huge speeds.
but i think the main thrust of the thread was problems and solutions.
my problem is: why haven't aliens visited us yet?
my solution (and i acknowledge it probably has lots of holes), but... stars make all the stuff heavier than hydrogen and helium by exploding in such heat/pressure to, as far as i understand it, 'forge' the heavier elements necessary for life and even planets to start with.
this process takes, iono, billions and billions of years. now i can't remember exactly but the 'universe', as far as we know it is only something like 14 billion years old (and again i acknowledge that number may well increase, or even decrease, the more we find out).
but anyway, life as we know it, and i suspect ANY life would take a complex mixture of the heavier elements, like carbon, potassium, iron, etc to form.
so maybe, we haven't been 'visited' yet because, life may well be alllll through the universe, but, there's the chance that we are among the most evolved/intelligent forms anywhere just based on how long it takes to make the elements necessary for life, then the evolution etc. we may be just average (my guess). but the gist is, that the universe just isn't old enough for the 'average' lifeform to learn interstellar travel yet, and if there are more advance species, not quite advanced to have searched this far yet.
i think the guts of my solution is that the universe just isn't old enough yet, considering the time needed to make stars, heavy elements, planets, life, evolved life. and that we may well be among the most advanced in the universe (if it's true i hope it doesn't go to our collective head).
this is just a theory i've been thinking of recently, so be nice if you could even be bothered disagreeing. and yeah, there's lots of billion year margins of error involved. i suppose a lot depends on star lifetimes, but from memory, they last billions of years so yeah, we could be even among the 1st life in the universe.
and finally, just quietly, i'm not wholly convinced of the big bang theory regardless of the red shift proof, which may well be a result of as yet unknown physics involving large distances. this of course throws my earlier theory right out and life could've begun, evolved, died out ZILLIONS of times already.
gonna read some more fora here now