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 over. 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: Logic 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. Assumptions 1) that such advanced groups would have explored our galaxy; 2) that such exploration would mean Earth had been visited many times; 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); Proclamation "... therefore intelligent life cannot exist elsewhere in the Universe" 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 walk?" and "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". Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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