Is it possible that the reason we see no signs of alien civilizations is because civilizations in the universe tend to destroy themselves?

Before developing the technology that would allow them to travel beyond their own solar system or be seen from other solar systems?

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  • 5 months ago

    more likely these planets are so far away, by the time we could get there, we would just find a dormant planet, or a place that we would not find life as we knew it cause, our brain could not adjust to magnetic signals on that planet.

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  • 5 months ago

    That *is* possible, and has been proposed... And terribly sad if that's true. I would hazard a guess that not all civilizations are the same - and I'm hoping at least a *few* progress to the point of peace between themselves.

    And, I would say we have a ways to go - but I'm hopeful for our civilization as well.

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  • 5 months ago

    Why complicate things.

    The premier reason we see no signs of alien civilizations is that they do not exist within thousands of light years of us, which is as far as our powers of detection reach. They don't exist because they never did exist.

    In fact they may very well not exist at all.

    Imagine how profound that is!

    We are alone. Celebrate the fact.

  • 5 months ago

    That is one possibility. But we have no evidence of that at all. So it is just one of many guesses.

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  • Sharon
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    one of the more likely explanations

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  • 5 months ago

    We can fantasize possibilities beyond count, but consider, IF such extraterrestrial intelligence even exist,, they are so far distant we would never know of their existence, nor them of ours.

    Just because humans will bring about their own extinction, you can't typecast all civilizations as doing the same.

    The word civilization comes from the word civilized, a grouping of animals living together in harmony.

    A barbaric civilization is an oxymoron.

    • joshua
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      5 months agoReport

      I’d imagine that a civilization that reaches over 1 million in age would develop technology for power consumption that can indeed be scene from across the galaxy. Something in terms of a mega structure around a star. But fair point. Perhaps civilizations don’t all develop in the same way

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  • oyubir
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    That was, roughly, Carl Sagan's theory.

    Considering Drake's equation

    N = R * fp * ne * fl * fi * fc * L

    And using his own hypothesis for R, fp, ne, fl, fi and fc, Sagan deduced than L must be very short, since, else, we would have made contact more easily with another civilisation.

    Sagan from there deduced that civilisations have a tendency to destroy themselves. And therefore that we should anticipate the same fate to avoid it. That was the reason why he became so worried about environment and atomic weapons.

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  • 5 months ago

    That is one part of the Drake equation and also part of the theory of civilization technology levels (Kardashev scale) and the bottleneck hypothesis. The bottleneck hypothesis says that advancing to type 2 or type 3 involves a very high risk of technological self-destruction, so only the very rare system can make it through without self-destruction, and thus it is not solely because it is hard to get that advanced, but that it is hard to get that advanced and not fall off in the process.

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  • Dixon
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Yes. There is speculation that the intelligence need for a technological civilization may tend toward self destruction.

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  • David
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    If you was a super intelligent alien from outer space would you make any communications with Earth knowing what type of barbaric people inhabit its planet?

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