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Fermi's Paradox Again

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:13:29 -0000
Archived: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:27:38 -0400
Subject: Fermi's Paradox Again

It's said that in 1950, working at Los Alamos National
Laboratory, the physicist Enrico Fermi was in casual
conversation with colleagues Emil Konopinski, Edward Teller and
Herbert York. The men were discussing UFO reports and ET
possibilities. Then, during lunch Fermi suddenly exclaimed,
"Where are they?" or "Where is everybody?". He then calculated
that Earth should have been visited long ago and many times

Since then that so-called paradox has been used by 'skepti-
bunkers' as an argument against the existence of ETs or of any
intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe.

That argument rests on some unassailable logic (Fermi's),
followed by shaky assumptions and an even shakier proclamation:


If intelligent life has arisen elsewhere, then logically -

1) it is most likely to have arisen in many places;
2) it is very improbable that humans were the first;
3) it is extremely likely that some groups are tens or hundreds
of millions of years more advanced than us.


1) that such advanced groups would have explored our galaxy;
2) that such exploration would mean Earth had been visited many
3) that the 'explorers' would have made themselves known to us,
either directly or by leaving message(s) to be found by us
(because each 'visit' might be at intervals of more than a
million years);


"... therefore intelligent life cannot exist elsewhere in the

The falsity of that claim and of the whole 'paradox' can be seen
if you ask two questions:

"Do humans bother to 'communicate with' or to 'leave messages
for' any gnats, ticks or bacteria observed during a country


"Can gnats, ticks and bacteria 'be aware of' or 'understand' the
presence of humans?"

I.e. - a senior US astronomer/astrophysicist recently said that
if intelligent life exists anywhere else in the Universe they
would probably see us as  "lower than we think of bacteria".


Ray D

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