In the 1950s, a group of astrophysicists were walking to lunch discussing the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe apart from Earth. One of those physicists, Enrico Fermi then casually asked “But where is everybody then?”
The basic idea is that given the vastness of observable space and time with which life should have had time to evolve – how come we don’t see any evidence of life anywhere else? Therein lies the paradox. Fermi’s paradox, if you will.
Immediately obvious solutions or explanations include :
- Earth is special and there is no life elsewhere.
- Our technology is not advanced enough to have found life elsewhere.
- Space is too damn big.
Less obvious but no less unprovable include :
- Aliens have already contained us and are observing us (Zoo hypothesis).
- Once life becomes advanced enough it will destroy itself (The great filter).
- We are actually in a simulation without any other players.
What Bintel Thinks
What do you guys think?
There is no wrong answer (yet) so give us your best explanation in the comments or respond to some of these or others on why you think they may be incorrect!