I was browsing the Cambridge Core website and came across this paper by Daniel P. Whitmire. I found this publication to be very interesting and thought provoking. It is a fresh take on how we as a species in the cosmos may be typical. I have posted a link if you wish to read his work for yourself. Here is his abstract.
Implication of our technological species being first and early


According to the Principle of Mediocrity, a cornerstone of modern cosmology, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, we should believe that we are a typical member of an appropriately chosen reference class. If we assume that this principle applies to the reference class of all extant technological species, then it follows that other technological species will, like us, typically find that they are both the first such species to evolve on their planet and also that they are early in their potential technological evolution. Here we argue that this suggests that the typical technological species becomes extinct soon after attaining a modern technology and that this event results in the extinction of the planet's global biosphere.

I am sharing this because I found it interesting. It is the work of Daniel P. Whitmire.

Whitmire, D. (2017). Implication of our technological species being first and early. International Journal of Astrobiology, 1-6. doi:10.1017/S1473550417000271