Fermi Paradox Explained

An article written by Lee Sonogan

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“We’re searching for intelligent, conscious, tool-making beings that have developed a language we’re capable of understanding. We’re searching for intelligent conscious, tool-making, communicative beings that live in social groups (so they can reap the benefits of civilization) and that develop the tools of science and mathematics.
We’re searching for ourselves . . .”
― Stephen Webb, If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens … Where Is Everybody?: Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life

I don’t wanna believe but this allegory is one of the best cases of why we have not seen any significant signs of life elsewhere. Just the simple sight of the night sky makes you ponder where are the so-called aliens? Named after Enrico Fermi, he put people to this very task in 1950. Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1938 and a key member of the Manhattan Project creating nuclear bombs, his theory is appropriately sound.

To outline his points made, The Milky Way contains billions of stars that are similar to the sun. As we know now with better telescopes, there is a decent amount with the same Earth environments. Using the Copernican principle -our planet is not that special so life could form elsewhere. Interstellar travel like fungus on asteroids is just one example. Plenty of objects in space are billions of years older than what is currently observed. Given all this, why no progress greater than this if not including UFO sightings?

N=R_* \cdot f_P \cdot n_e \cdot f_l \cdot f_i \cdot f_c \cdot L

More thought-provoking in endless actions small plus large, the Drake equation (Image above) adds to the question. N is some civilizations with which humans could communicate. Which equals the combination of the other seven metrics. Easily seen in a formula upon a quick Google search if interested in further research. Overall it might not mean much anyway (Nothing major in the public) because it is likely signs/factors still missing…

The Great Filter per this paradox is… Whatever prevents non-living matter from undergoing abiogenesis (Evolution). In time, to expanding lasting life as measured by the Kardashev scale (technological advancement and amount of energy being consumed). Fascinating stuff to a point where we just don’t have enough data to debunk or prove these ideas.

I think one of the biggest sleepers that people are going to be able to dig into later is ‘Fermi Paradox,’ it’s the song before ‘Exist.’ To me it’s got the coolest, it’s just so bizarre because it’s got one of the most melodic vocal melodies, but we put it over a black metal blast beats. – M. Shadows


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