what are your thoughts on the possibility of us being the most technologically advanced beings around?<quoted text>
Oh I dont believe in them, but there are those that do, and their rights are being infringed too :)
I have not contacted any sheep herders yet, but I assume they will be open to joining you Poly folks.
( Kidding aside, I am occasionally asked to go to a classroom and talk about amateur astronomy, after my little talk and presentation of different kinds of telescopes it is question and answer time, every time with young folks I get the same question do you believe in UFOs, so I toss a rocket engine part in the air and ask if any of them knows what that was they say no of course, and so I reply of course there are things flying that we dont know what they are yet.. which is all a UFO is.
This is immediately followed with the question do I believe there is intelligent life elsewhere? which I immediately say Yes I do, with the number of stars and the frequency we are finding planets it is almost a foregone conclusion that there is intelligent life somewhere else in the universe however, I have seen no convincing evidence whatsoever that any of them have ever been here.)
most people i talk to seem to have it set n their minds that other life would have to be more advanced than us.
if we orbit a third generations star, and it took that long for the heavier elements to be cooked up in previous stars that they could be accreted in such levels on our planet for us to mine and use, perhaps we are the first, or one of the first, to develop on a planet able to support such technological developement?(assuming it would take those heavier elements to make the trappings of a technologically advanced civilization...the exception of Douglas Adams' huvaloos granted..)