Most of you have probably heard of this paradox. There are 250 billion stars in the Milky Way and 70 sextillion in the visible universe. So even if intelligent life occurs on only a minuscule percentage of planets, there should still be a crapload of civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy alone! But where the hell are they? Despite the best efforts of SETI, we have zip to show for it. In another thread, we were discussing the question of why it took so long for humans to develope advanced technology. After reading thru the thread, I began to wonder. Just how likely is an advanced technological society to develope among intellegent species? Was the confluence of events that lead to our quantum leap forward inevitable? Or might we have remained a horse and buggy species indefinitely but for a few lucky breaks? Perhaps this is the answer to Enrico Fermi's paradox. Maybe the galaxy is teeming with intellegent alien species tooling around their planets on horses and buggies. Only a very few making the jump forward to high tech. And many of them, no doubt, destroying themselves. What do you think?