Newbie disclaimer :) Ok you're probably going to roll you eyes at this one. "oh here is another newbie with a dumb 1st post". But anyway i'll continue anyway since i'm curious. Please also note that although i am fasinated by physics etc i have very little knowledge of it so please feel free to correct me where necessary. ------------------------ Right OK.... Now we know that time slows down the faster we go up till the speed of light, right? I'm assuming this is directly proportional. Anyhow, if we take our own galaxy as an example. I read somewhere than a study was made to estimate the probability and number of other advanced civilisations in our galaxy based on the estimated number of planets around the estimate number of stars (advanced being like ourselves or more advanced). The result was many to say the least. That aside lets assume there is plenty of planets which can sustain life. Now.... if the solar systems which are closer to the centre of our galaxy, like in a whirl pool, are moving around the black hole (or whatever is in the centre) at a slower rate that the ones on the outside like ourselves, does that mean that we're experiencing a slightly slower time then them? In that case, over millions / billions of years wouldn't the probability of more advanced cizilisations be increased towards the centre of the galaxy simply because they've been moving at a slightly faster rate of time and hence a longer time to develop generally. Have I totally lost the plot here or is that potentially correct?