I didn't say intelligent life. Just knowing how many earth like planets there are out there, it's only a numbers game and two trillion galaxies really opens up the possibilities. I fail to see how that's unimaginative or conceited. Bacteria like life in many bizarre forms is probably every where. I don't know if you thought I was imagining the Star Trek version of aliens which look like us with odd nose ridges and weird foreheads.
I can barely comprehend the distances in our own solar system... seeing a galaxy through the Mt Wilson 60inch telescope just about blew my mind. I can't even fathom what this means. The universe must be filthy with life, but at such great distances we are for all purposes practically alone.
If we were to scale the solar system (diameter of Neptune's orbit) to the size of a nickel (2cm), the Milky Way Galaxy would be the size of the continental USA (4,200 km diameter).
I like to say the nickel would be in San Francisco, but that's an alternate fact.
The idea that the universe must be filthy with life is not supported. And also, life is not necessarily the most awesome thing in the universe... that idea is kind of conceited and unimaginative.
I didn't mean you specifically, sorry. I meant modern humans in general. I like to imagine that there's something even more amazing than life, even intelligent life, and we can't even imagine what that might be... because we're just lowly intelligent beings.
"Amazing" is a subjective term. To us, as living, conscious animals, life is probably the most "amazing" thing out there. But of course, I am constantly amazed by the news that comes out of astronomy and cosmology. Dark energy, e.g., is pretty darn amazing.
Count me as one who believes (even though I cannot prove) that the universe is "filthy" with life. Though I might have said "teeming" rather than "filthy." I further believe that most of that is not what we would consider intelligent, and some of it is, and most of the intelligent life is probably in forms we would not recognize as intelligent, for being too different from ourselves. After all, it has not been all that long since humans finally started to recognize the intelligence of our fellow creatures right here on Earth.