Monday, July 14, 2014

"Where is everybody?" revisited

By Donald Sensing

The Fermi Paradox | Wait But Why

Physicist Enrico Fermi is well known for posing a famous paradox now named after him, the question that if life in the universe is (presumably) not uncommon, "Where is everybody?"

The linked piece is a good summary of potential answers, but it would be better if the author had not immaturely thought that gutter profanity made his writing better.


Also, in neither of these essays are two very possible reasons that we have not encountered highly-advanced species in our galaxy, assuming there are any. One reason is that those species simply stayed at home immersed in highly-advanced porn and other entertainment. (Don't laugh, just think about it.) The other is that extended space flight will simply kill you. Both here.

Update: Now NASA scientists say that we will discover life on other worlds within only 20 years. They didn't claim it will be intelligent life, mind; they'll be happy to find slime. It is not the first such claim they have made.

Of course, such a claim has nothing to do with trolling for increased funding.

All of this may make sense, but it all depends on the assumption that earth and humanity are typical examples of planets and life anywhere else in the universe. This is usually referred to as the Theory of Mediocrity, that earth and its creatures are just average, universally. The problem is that Mediocrity is not a scientific conclusion but a presumption that is necessary for ETI searchers to do any work at all.

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