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Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox - Friedman

From: Stanton Friedman <fsphys.nul>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 17:29:15 -0500 (EST)
Fwd Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 07:18:53 -0500
Subject: Re: The Other Side Of The Fermi Paradox - Friedman

>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

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


>>>Monday, February 19, 2007

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


>>>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.

>There are at least two arguments that I believe can be leveled
>at the Fermi Paradox, and which in fact make it obsolete.

>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.

I repeat... Fermi did not say UFOs aren't being seen.

He did not say there are no aliens visiting.

He asked a question: "Where is everybody?".

Please can't we all stop putting words in his mouth?

Stan Friedman

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