From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul> Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:08:24 -0400 Archived: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:58:32 -0400 Subject: Re: Fermi's Paradox Again >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:13:29 -0000 >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". We can add a couple more assumptions... 4) that the 'explorers' have physical forms and live in the observable physical universe; 5) that our consciousness is an epiphenomenon arising from complex processes in the brain. These let us reject a priori the possible independent existence of non-physical intelligent entities that have been experienced by the consciousness of otherwise rational people. William 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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