information that we now have implies that many millions, probably
hundreds of millions, of sentient races have been around in this galaxy
for much longer than we have, and the vast majority of them will
therefore have surpassed our technical, as well as our mental,
capability a very long time ago.
currently thought, based on recent measurements by NASA's Kepler
telescope, that there are as many as 50 billion planets in our Milky
Way galaxy. Of these, 1 in 200, or 250 million, are in the so-called
"Goldilocks Zone" (not too hot, not too cold, but "just right")
their parent star, where conditions would support the evolution of
sentient life. In "Who The Bleep Designed Us?", the numbers used are
information which even then yielded a good probability of hundreds of
thousands of other sentient races in the Milky Way.
We are "the
new kids on the block", who have only had technology (and sentience)
for a very short time indeed in cosmic terms. Those millions of ET
races will have been sentient for times varying from fairly recent (say
a hundred or so thousand years) to as much as a billion or more. This
status of ours as recent arrivals on the galactic scene, is what makes
us special if not unique. As we approach our first major crisis that
could result in a major setback, if not our extinction as a species
becuase of our squandering of our planet's resources, we are inevitably
of interest to our galactic neighbors, and this is why they are
observing and visiting us. It is highly probable, perhaps inevitable,
that every developing race goes through one or more crises of the type
that we are now experiencing, so that it is not surprising that our
neighbors are concerned!
discuses this and advocates our active efforts to contact and solicit
advice and help from our neighbors. They do not appear to be
deliberately intervening, bu the evidence is everywhere that they are
making their presence known to us. At this point, it is up to us to
initiate contact and see if we can benefit from their experience.