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For me the answer is simple: The distances are enormous and the speed of travel is slow in comparison. I think statements, like Fermi's are simply naive. I used to be very amused by the Star Trek films showing stars rapdily passing by. I'd have to check but I think the nearest star is something like 9 yrs away at the speed of light. Which means at the speed of light, for nine yrs, we would not pass a single star. Course at "warp 4" it would only take 2+ yrs but you get the point.

In addition, to think we are worth visiting is more than a bit arrogant. After all, we are still in a very primitive,intertribal warfare stage of development. We really, really need to get over ourselves.

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