Warm Worm wrote:
Can an ant comprehend a human? Does a deer or turtle realize it is walking on a road rather than a hard section of forest floor or rock?
If they could you wouldn't see them getting stepped on (ants) or slammed by cars (deers & turtles).
Similarly humans cannot comprehend that which is too advanced for their primitive intellects, nor have they developed the resources in order to do so.
If an entity is so advanced as to make interstellar transport the norm isn't it prudent to consider they have advanced in other ways?
We can only see as far as our current resources allow.
At the atomic level it is not possible for the human body to exceed lightspeed but that is exactly what is necessary to traverse the universe, so not only do propulsion methods need to advance exponentially from where they are today so do many other things. Roddenberry was on the right path with his idea of *beaming* things from A to B but even that had its limitations (distance and speed) due to Heisenberg's theory which still is not fully understood.
The human body, for example, is constantly sloughing and creating new cells all the time, (internally and externally) somewhere around 3 billion per day (estimated) but when the body is converted to a molecule count preceeding beaming how do you determine which molecules get sent and which are to stay? Not much fun getting to your destination with part of your arm or small intestine missing. I have thought of the development of this practice a lot and wondered about the many steps and sacrifices it will require to get there and quite frankly I don't think current human emotions can deal with it, so it may be a non-starter unless, as I indicated in the beginning, other things evolve similarly. But I don't see any of this happening for a very long time, perhaps hundreds of years or more. Still, humans are very primitive in most ways and very animal like.