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Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox - Tarbell

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:20:19 -0700
Fwd Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 08:18:21 -0500
Subject: Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox - Tarbell


>Source: The Space Review - Rockville, Maryland, USA

>http://www.thespacereview.com/article/810/1

>Monday, February 19, 2007

>The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox
>by Michael Huang

<snip>

>Webb's 50th solution is the one that he believes is the most
>likely. Unfortunately for extraterrestrial enthusiasts, the
>solution is depressingly pessimistic: "...the only resolution of
>the Fermi paradox that makes sense to me - is that we are
>alone." Webb's preferred solution is highly controversial, but
>it satisfies Ockham's razor; out of all the Fermi paradox
>explanations, it is the simplest one. On the other hand, the
>solution is only as good as the evidence it is based on. New
>evidence could lead to a different solution to the paradox.

It is absurd to claim that "We Are Alone" follows from
application of Occam's razor. While it may be the most simply
stated, it is by no means the 'simplest' solution. Indeed, it
presents a vastly greater paradox than that posed by Fermi.

If in fact we are alone, it is hard not to conclude that our
entire experience here is some kind of experiment or theater,
and that the vast majority (if not all) of what we observe of
the universe is simply an illusion.

Indeed, this brand of razor eventually cuts through to the
'simplest' hypothesis of all, the 'I Am Alone?' solution: there
is in fact no objective reality... all that exists is a single
stream of consciousness, namely my own. Makes me feel rather
silly posting this.


Mike








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