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Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox - Shough

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 22:25:58 -0000
Fwd Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 07:14:02 -0500
Subject: Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox - Shough


>From: Peter B. Davenport <director.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 10:11:31 -0800
>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

>First, how did Fermi know that UFOs were not being seen? His
>paradox is based on his assumption that they were not. Based on
>what we now know about sightings prior to June 1947, his
>observation was incorrect.

>As evidence in support of this notion, I invite anyone to visit
>the NUFORC website to read those cases which antedate 1947.

>A more convincing document might be the July 1968 NASA
>publication by astronomer, Barbara M. Middlehurst, in which she
>documents peculiar sightings by the world's leading light
>astronomers, going back as far as 1540 A.D.. Would Fermi have
>proposed his observation if he had known about the Roswell
>incident?

I suspect he would.

I seem to recall that Fermi made his observation at one of the
Los Alamos conferences of the late 40's against the background
of water-cooler discussion about UFOs - I can't remember detail,
maybe someone will correct me.

I'm not aware that Fermi took UFO reports seriously then, and
quite likely he wouldn't today either. But I'm not sure his
meaning was restricted to a UFO context, or even just a
terrestrial context, and certainly his observation has been
interpreted more widely since by astronomers and cosmologists
who observe what _appears_ to be a thoroughly natural (or
perhaps I should more cautiously say "naturalised") cosmos on
all observable scales.

In other words, as I've tried to say before, the most
interesting form of the "paradox" - which is to a certain degree
independent of the UFO question - is perhaps not "Why don't we
see them here?" but "Why don't we see them anywhere?"


Martin Shough




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