Towards a view of Amused Sympathy for those who Believe No Intelligent Life in the Universe Exists

There will come a time when humans living on planet earth will look back at this time when many believed no intelligent life exists in the Universe, with the same amused sympathy as we now look back at those who believed the earth was flat.

This post was prompted by the recent BBC article citing Dr Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution of Science, who speculates that there are billions of planets that have some form of life, most simple.