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Re: The Fermi Paradox

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 23:21:26 -0600
Archived: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 22:18:07 -0400
Subject: Re: The Fermi Paradox

>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 14:43:49 +0000
>Subject: Re: The Fermi Paradox


>>'The Fermi Paradox is a remarkably strong argument. You can
>>quibble about the speed of alien spacecraft, and whether they
>>can move at 1% of the speed of light or 10% of the speed of
>>light. It doesn't matter. You can argue about how long it would
>>take for a new star colony to spawn colonies of its own. It
>>still doesn't matter. Any halfway reasonable assumption about
>>how fast colonization could take place still ends up with time
>>scales that are profoundly shorter than the age of the Galaxy.
>>It's like having a heated discussion about whether Spanish ships
>>of the 16th century could heave along at two knots or twenty.
>>Either way they could speedily colonize the Americas.'


>The Fermi Paradox is a remarkably blind and highly over-rated
>off-the-wall proclamation. Clearly it is based on the
>demonstrably false assumption that there is no evidence of alien
>visitation. In fact there is a huge body of data strongly
>suggestive of alien visitation. Where are they? Right under our
>noses. The Fermi's of the workld badly need to study that data
>very carefully.

Unfortunately Dick, this will not serve to dismiss the Fermi
Paradox. You say it is demonstrably false that there is no
evidence of alien visitation. I will not press you to deliver
that demonstration, but rather ask, why is the subject at all
controversial? Why is the existence of extraterrestrial beings
not completely obvious? I do *not* find them right under my

If you consider the Fermi Paradox trivial and/or resolved, I
would be interested in hearing your arguments to that effect. I
do not dispute the evidence for anomalous/non-human aerial
phenomena, but I believe Fermi's question is well-posed


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