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Could intelligent civilizations exist that are 10 billion years old? How about 5 Billion? Or is this whole intelligent life thing pretty new?
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14 thoughts on “How old could civilizations really be?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars boris karagiannis. says:

    question for you…do you know who Halton Arp was (without googling it)…?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Olin Bullard says:

    Clarke said any advanced civilization ‘s. Technology would seem like magic

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Olin Bullard says:

    Early stars are”James Dean” stars. Amazing , and dead.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dan Myers says:

    Please feel free to go off on any tangent you like!

    It's great and natural for us to ponder the question of life elsewhere and the necessary conditions for it. We need to remember, though, that our frame of reference is currently quite limited. We only know (officially) about life on Earth and we have only recently begun to explore the closest corner of our 'galactic backyard'. We can make some reasonable statements about the existence of beings who are biologically similar to us.

    Future technology may indeed have less 'fabricatedness' to it. We are already expressing this concept, in our virtual gathering places, games and online apps. How about functioning technology as pure ideas, given agency by our individual and collective consciousness? How about creating conscious machines with which we can communicate via our minds? AI, anyone?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PhoenixMoonbeam says:

    I need whatever she's smoking, pronto. Because I totally agree 🙂

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars enigma says:

    Awesome video. I'm new to your channel. I've seen over 10,000 YouTube videos mostly about science and technology. I've seen a couple of yours so far and I'd recommend your channel. I've pondered such things for decades.

    You mention things I haven't thought of before. Like extra dimensional technology/beings. I haven't thought about that much. If true they would be like gods to us.

    I've had the thought that an advanced civilization would seek wisdom. Depending on that and their technology level they would seed planets like farmers and police their territory bc they know what technology can do in the wrong hands. Idk just a thought. Since the pentagon announced UFOs are real we must consider strange things about our reality and reality.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CARL iCON says:

    2 words: antikythera mechanism

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Allan Fulton says:

    I think civilization has been around for 100k years for us humans

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Matthew Suffidy says:

    It's a lot of unknowns about what the Universe is and how long it has been and will be around. And also if someone is around from the last time the universe ended.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mrs johnson says:

    Fran, you have such a look of mischief when you play the theremin, especially when you play it by accident.
    You go off on a tangent if you want girl! Your tangents are interesting.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Hodge says:

    You may, by that postulate, explain the Fermi paradox. We don't see them because they left this dimension before spreading far enough for us to detect them as beings similar to ourselves. Maybe many have passed through the filters that may destroy them and simply moved on.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ab bush says:

    Damn lizard men always causing problems !

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Neil Henry says:

    You're my kind of people. You start a very deep philosophical discussion with a fake fart. Beautiful.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Julie Dunken says:

    Fran, your not a astronomer .. plenty of good ones on youtube, send people to them

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