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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox#Name 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 / proclamation: 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 Universe" - 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 beings?' Cheers 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". Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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