Re: "Aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it,"
> First in this galaxy is plausible. First in the universe is less likely.
Actually "first in our planetary system" is plausible, but our galaxy is huge, and old, very old, so I guess the chances a recent system like ours could be first at anything are vanishingly slim, at best. Don't you agree?
As for the universe, I really really don't see why it has been waiting for us to appear. I guess it's the literally inhuman scale: We're not conscious of how big the galaxy and the universe really are, our minds can't grasp the dimensions and time spans, our brains aren't made for this. And then of course there is that irrepressible pride: We like to think we're the crown of creation, the perfect beings, the ones the whole universe has been waiting for. Sadly we have little realistic reasons to think so...