The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi’s, and It Is Not a Paradox
Alternative history of the so-called “Fermi Paradox” in Scientific American Blogs: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-fermi-paradox-is-not-fermi-s-and-it-is-not-a-paradox/
“Despite what you’ll often read, the Nobel prizewinning nuclear physicist never suggested that aliens don’t exist”
A video-graphic treatment of the “problem of alien life” as set forth by the Pop-Sci version of the Fermi Paradox. I hate this type “billions and billions” cliché presentation of “life in the universe” that ends up right back at the original question: Are there (other) intelligences in the universe, and if yes, then why aren’t they visiting us? A bit narcissistic, no?
As far as I can see (LOL) ALL our conceptions of life and the universe at this stage in our perceptions and machinations are “cartoons” – classic avoidance schemes that are actually all about our inability to solve problems (created by us) right here on Earth. It’s about OUR incompetence: there must be “someone” out there (parental figures) who can “fix” this mess, pat us on our heads with their gecko-like gray fingers, as if we’re good little kids, and then “zoom off”, leaving us with instructions for the next part of our “journey” into immortality!
This truly is one of those questions that can only be answered by fact: We’ll know -when, and if, they arrive, or we are foolish / smart enough to send the type of message that gets a response.
One clue as to whether or not Homo sapiens will succeed proactively in locating “intelligence “out there” in the incomprehensibly “big” universe, is the massive failure to recognize intelligent life right here on planet Earth. Like the Conquistadors who burned thousands of codices of the Aztecs and Mayans, or Christians who purposefully destroyed the intellectual heritage of Greece and Rome, if we could get our grubby little hands on alien life and technology, we would turn it into marketable pink and purple plastic crap from “Planet X” and domesticate their lessor “lime green and orange slime” life as novelty pets. And you can bet from our sordid history, we would set about destroying any and all life that we encounter.