The universe must be full of life... I have always stated that we on Earth are nothing special. Just like transient fungi on a damp floating ball of dust...the emergence of consciousness is probably an inevitable part of the process. We give it too much importance...Coo.......
Earth-Size Alien Planets Common Across the Universe, Study Suggests | Space.com
The Goldilocks Zone - 'Not too hot, not too cold, not too big, not too small ....Juuuust right !'
If we're really unlucky, cf "The Killing Star".Cf ' Footfall '
In the 60s and 70s ( think early 'Star Trek') SF writers etc were busily trying to convince us all that First Contact would be an entirely pink and fluffy experience for the human race.....er.....
Personally the idea of an un-peopled galaxy just waiting for Homo Insapiens to get out and colonise , ravage and despoil is a hell of a lot more attractive than the alternative - Earth as a sort of rabid prison planet that our neighbours try and avoid at all costs and hope we will all eventually just go away and die.
There was something on the "Fermi paradox' within the last couple of weeks; they've already been here, found no-one particularly interesting and moved on. It fits nicely with 'the alien built the pyramids' conspiracy theories, but not much else.Except for the Fermi Paradox, so are we living in a 'Red Dwarf' universe and we're it?