I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.

Scientists predict earth-like planets around most stars:

"The ingredients for life are plentiful, and we now know that habitable environments are plentiful," said Associate Professor Lineweaver, from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Earth Sciences.

"However, the universe is not teeming with aliens with human-like intelligence that can build radio telescopes and space ships. Otherwise we would have seen or heard from them.

"It could be that there is some other bottleneck for the emergence of life that we haven't worked out yet. Or intelligent civilisations evolve, but then self-destruct."

This claim ("If they were there, we would know") always strikes me as being rather hubristic.

What makes us think we would be able to recognize alien intelligence?

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