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Fermi's Paradox

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:33:40 -0000
Archived: Sat, 08 Jan 2011 11:39:38 -0500
Subject: Fermi's Paradox

It's said that in 1950, working at Los Alamos National
Laboratory, the physicist Enrico Fermi was in casual
conversation with colleagues Emil Konopinski, Edward Teller and
Herbert York. The men were discussing UFO reports and ET
possibilities. Then, during lunch Fermi suddenly exclaimed,
"Where are they?" or "Where is everybody?",

He then calculated that Earth should have been visited long ago
and many times over.


Since then that so-called paradox has been heavily used by
`skepti-bunkers' as an argument against the existence of ETs or
any intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe.

The `strength' of that argument rest on a bit of unassailable
logic (Fermi's), followed by several assumptions and a claim /

IF intelligent life has arisen elsewhere, then logically -

1) it is most likely to have arisen in many places;

2) it is very improbable that humans were the first;

3) it is extremely likely that some groups are tens or hundreds
of millions of years more advanced than us.

They then assume -

1) that such advanced groups would have explored our galaxy;

2) that such exploration would almost certainly mean Earth had
been visited many times;

3) that the `explorers' would have made themselves known to us,
either directly or by leaving message(s) to be found by us
(because each `visit' might be at intervals of more than a
million years);

4) That we haven't found any such messages (officially);

They then claim that:

"Therefore intelligent life cannot exist elsewhere in the


The falsity of that claim and of the whole `paradox' can be seen
if you ask yourself some questions:

1) `Do humans bother to `communicate with' or to `leave messages
for' any gnats, ticks or bacteria they might come across during
a stroll in the countryside?'

2) A corollary question: `Do humans invade the property of other
humans solely in order to communicate with any gnats, ticks or
bacteria resident there?'

3) Could humans achieve such an objective? That is, `Could
gnats, ticks or bacteria form any meaningful conclusions, from
physical evidence, about the existence of humans as self-
conscious intelligent beings, or about the motives of such


Ray D

BTW: A senior US astronomer / astrophysicist recently said that
if intelligent life exists anywhere else in the Universe they
would probably see us as "lower than we think of bacteria".

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