Day 2724: Intelligent Civilizations

Yesterday, I noticed this headline on the Forbes website:

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There are at least 36 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy,  say scientists. My question is, if we count Earth, are there more than 36?  And what makes an intelligent civilization, any way?

Does an intelligent civilization include:

  • kindness,
  • listening,
  • flexibility,
  • learning from past mistakes,
  • empathy,
  • acceptance of all feelings,
  • balancing emotion and thought,
  • balancing preparation with spontaneity,
  • open mindedness,
  • a sense of humor,
  • creativity,
  • an appreciation of the arts,
  • an appreciation of the present moment,
  • knowledge of history,
  • a commitment to achievable next steps,
  • awareness of others,
  • awareness of self,
  • forgiveness,
  • integrity,
  • equality,
  • peace,
  • charity,
  • resiliency,
  • nourishment,
  • respect for all creatures,
  • sharing,
  • curiosity about differences,
  • connection,
  • growth,
  • healing,
  • hope,
  • love,
  • an awareness of mortality,
  • investments in the future, and
  • a commitment to social change?

How would you describe an intelligent civilization?

Do you see signs of intelligent civilization in my other captured images from yesterday?

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When I search for “Intelligent Civilizations” on YouTube, I find this:

When I search for intelligence in the civilized comments about that video, I find this:

S C
8 months ago
Aliens don’t come to earth because it has only one star reviews

Swalfire
1 month ago
2020 really looking like a great filter right now

K_zI
2 months ago
The aliens probably just left us on read

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S P I C E B O I
3 months ago
everyone asking “where are the aliens” but not “how are the aliens”

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Calm Guy.
1 month ago
Arthur C. Clarke — ‘Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.’

Here‘s Christopher Tin conducting the world premiere of “Sogno di Volare”  — the Civilization VI theme song  — performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Angel City Chorale in London, July 19, 2016.

Another sign of intelligent civilization is gratitude, so thanks to all who helped me create todays “Intelligent Civilizations” post and — of course! — to YOU.

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19 thoughts on “Day 2724: Intelligent Civilizations

  1. so funny, when i saw your headline, the same thought ran through my head – i’m not sure we fit in with that group and would add to the number. i know there are people who do, but as a whole, i wish we had more who tried to live life in an ‘intelligent’ way, with kindness, compassion, and thoughtful care for people and planet.

  2. ‘Do we count Earth?’’ is my Ann comment to hold onto for today!

  3. Ahh…reminds me of Star Wars. May the force be with you, my dear friend! ~((Φ◇Φ)‡♥♥♥♥♥

  4. Maureen

    There are at least 36 intelligent civilizations in my own house or yard at any given time, some of which consider me alien. I am more fond of the ones that don’t bite or eat my house but I have to admit a certain affection for carpenter ants.

    Harley seems to have found a comfy spot by the window. What is he thinking?

  5. Great post Ann, thanks for sharing!!!

  6. puella33

    Beautiful harmonious pictures, Ann. I wonder what the scientists’ definition of intelligent is… Have a nice day, Ann

  7. I’d like a definition of intelligence that includes qualities like empathy and compassion. I bet Harley is wondering why we look to the stars when cats are proof we’re not the only intelligent life even on this planet.

  8. Intelligent civilisations????????????
    Do we have any????????????????
    I do not know

  9. Intelligent Civilizations do not exist. Nature will have to guide us on that one, whether we like it or not.

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