As often as I have wondered others have too. Some are even looking. But what are they looking for??????
Radio signals? Infra Red Emissions? Or the Goldilocks planet?
Well it is a moot point really as all of the universe is the same stuff that makes up life as we know it. Ok to find if a similar life form has emerged somewhere is a great goal….BUT……If we do get a radio message from 10 million light years away so what?????
By the time the message has reached us the life form may have become extinct.
I have specifically kept the distance number within mind range. Millions of light years ….now if we did get a message and we sent one back to “Them” it would take another 10 million light years to reach “Them”
So if “Them “ are further away it would take longer to reach us and longer to send something back to them.
Remember when you were younger and you had a pen pal in another country ..in the days before internet …..when you posted a letter…yeh long ago long, long ,ago. Well this sort of communication would be like that, only it would take much longer for the letter to arrive.
What I think is missing is the de facto belief that we are all life everything throughout the universe. Every single tiny particle is life.
So the building blocks of life are all there, throughout the universe from it’s beginning to now.
Perhaps not combined in groups that represents our known forms but it is all there.
Our search should be to discover further forms of combinations of the magic “Stuff” that we are made of to enable us to expand our minds.
When I start a painting I do not think but during the painting I am controlled to a degree by these sorts of thoughts. This maybe because I am looking at combinations of life forms in what might be their embryo stage. Or might be millions of light years later long after they have become extinct.
Perhaps our minds are mini versions of the universe in certain ways (which makes sense as our minds are made up of stuff that makes up the whole feckin deal!).
What I will say is that we must keep searching for life beyond Earth. We owe it to our tiny, tiny, particles.
Take care and stay well