In comment 13477219
short lease said:
And, how many galaxies are in the Universe?
Some day there will be contact with advanced life forms from somewhere else. And, folks at that time will look back at this time and compare it to the times before Copernicus/Galileo (not sure who really got credit) proved the earth revolved around the sun (not the other way around).
How can there not be life elsewhere? We all know how stubborn life is ....
I think a lot of people believe that its possible for advance life to be out there its just that its to hard to find it with our technology. The Tabby star is the perfect example lets say they some how prove it is a mega structure what can we do with that info? basically nothing. other then look at it and realized that we are looking at something that happen 1000s of years in the past, there is no way to communicate with it or even know if its still out there.
I would say that announcing the existence of a Mega structure thousands of light years away would be the ideal way of introducing the news to the public in a way to reduce panic and fear that might occur when its finally announced we are not alone in the universe.