Fermi Paradox

The story goes that, one day back on the 1940’s, a group of atomic scientists, including the famous Enrico Fermi, were sitting around talking, when the subject turned to extraterrestrial life. Fermi is supposed to have then asked, “So? Where is everybody?” What he meant was: If there are all these billions of planets in the universe that are capable of supporting life, and millions of intelligent species out there, then how come none has visited earth? This has come to be known as The Fermi Paradox.


“We are in the curious situation today that our best modern physics and astrophysics theories predict that we should be experiencing extraterrestrial visitation, yet any possible evidence of such lurking in the UFO phenomenon is scoffed at within our scientific community,” contends astrophysicist Bernard Haisch.

OK, I’m with this so far.  I tend to believe there is life all over the universe.

Haisch said that superstring dimensions and wormhole and spacetime stretching possibilities address the “can’t get here from there” objection often argued in view of the interstellar, point-to-point distances involved. Also, diffusion models predict that even a single civilization could spread across the Galaxy in a tiny fraction of the age of the Galaxy – even at sub-light speeds, he said.

However, I’m in the “can’t get here from there’ crowd.  It’s not that I think it’s impossible, it just hasn’t been explained satisfactorily.  You have to take a lot of leaps of faith to buy into the wormholes and superstring theories that I’m not quite sold on.  There is probably a way, but I’ve not seen it.

“The dismissal has several causes, all reinforcing each other,” Haisch responded. “Most of the observations are probably misinterpretations, delusions and hoaxes. I have seen people get confused by Venus or even Sirius when it is flashing colors low in the sky under the right conditions. Having been turned off by this, most scientists never bother to look any further, and so are simply blissfully ignorant that there may be more to it,” he said.

Deardorff, the lead author of the JBIS article, points out in a press statement: “It would take some humility for the scientific community to suspend its judgment and take at least some of the high quality reports seriously enough to investigate…but I hope we can bring ourselves to do that.”

Now, I’m not willing to dismiss all observations as misinterpretations and hoaxes, although most are.  It is argued that mankind came from another planet.  I can buy that.  Who has proven otherwise?

Mankind is not looking for justification of what we have been presented, mankind is looking for concrete evidence and/or a logical example of how the vastness of space can be conquered in such a way that space travel is feasible.  I just don’t buy that an alien life form would travel for generations just to make crop circles.  I mean, think about it.  If it takes a million years to get here, what good would using corn to make directions do? I don’t buy that they come here and gut cattle. I don’t see any reason at all they would come here and do secret experiments on people.  Mainly because we have broadcast human anatomy into space for decades.  So, yeah, the skeptics among us are having a hard time being convinced that what we have seen proves alien visitors.

Gimme a bullet to bite on, and I’ll make believe it’s true.