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Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox - Tarbell

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 12:22:41 -0700
Fwd Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 16:21:05 -0500
Subject: Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox - Tarbell

>From: Alfred Lehmberg <alienview.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 08:03:24 -0600
>Subject: Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox

>>From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:20:19 -0700
>>Subject: Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox

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


>>>Monday, February 19, 2007

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

>>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.

>Which might remain to be just as valid as anything else
>proposed, Sir.

>I offer on "Fermi":

>"Has everyone heard of Fermi's Paradox? It's a "we're alone in
>the universe" justification invented by Dr. Fermi based on the
>observation, and I paraphrase, that if 'they' were there, at
>all, we would 'know' it. We don't know it. Ergo... they're not

>What a cleverly close looped way (or excuse) to _not_ think. We
>would 'know it' indeed. Arrogance like that would be laughable,


There is, conversely, an equally insidious trap that works the
other way: by the principle of mediocrity and least
astonishment, as well as simple common sense, I conclude that
intelligent life should be ubiquitous in the universe; moreover,
We Are Alone (or worse, I Am Alone) is creepy, even terrifying.
Ergo, UFOs _must_ be ETs, even though I have never seen one nor
personally examined any rigorous evidence to that effect.

Aside from a small minority with first-hand knowledge (alas, I
am not among them), virtually everyone who adopts the ETH does
so on a hunch. A well-reasoned and correct one in my opinion,
but at least some of its appeal derives from how it relieves a
fundamental discomfort.

I must confess that the Fermi paradox continues to trouble me.
This is primarily because I have the nagging feeling that the
presence of ETs should be _glaringly_ obvious, leading to some
rather contrived scenarios as to why it isn't. Suggestions are



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