The History of Every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases.

For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question “How can we eat?”, the second question “Why do we eat?” and the third by the question, “Where shall we have lunch?”

– From Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe), by Douglas Adams

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It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.

– From Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe), by Douglas Adams