The Fermi Paradox

The Fermi Paradox is a simple stated condition that seems to contradict the belief in extraterrestrial beings and the probability of them existing and the lack of evidence despite the enormity and vastness of the universe. The said paradox was said to have started during a lunch of distinguished physicists during the 1950’s. And from its notable namesake, it was first introduced into discussion by physicist Enrico Fermi.


In the mentioned lunch during the 1950’s comprising of a group of atomic scientists which included Fermi, discussions were made that later on lead to the subject of extraterrestrial life. What Fermi contributed into the discussion was simply, "So? Where is everybody?". Hence, in no complex way, the Fermi Paradox was born.


In such a simple statement given by Fermi during that fateful lunch during the 1950’s among colleagues, we are given something to think about as to why there might be no extraterrestrial life out there in the universe aside from us. With Fermi’s simply stated question, what was meant is with the billions of planets in the universe that may be capable of supporting life and other civilizations, how come none of them has ever visited Earth?

In the discussion Fermi further explained that any civilization armed with even the modest amount of rocket technology may have hatched plans to colonize other planets as well as galaxies. It may take a million or so years for such a civilization to establish a galactic empire. But considering the age of the universe which is estimated to be in the ten thousand million year range, the colonization period could be considered short.

Absence of Proof

What Fermi has realized is that extraterrestrial beings, if there were any and with their supposed advanced technology, could have all the time in their hands to have already colonized some or even a minute part of the universe.

With millions of planets in one galaxy alone, the universe itself may have more than a handful of extraterrestrial civilizations planning universal domination. But Fermi then proposes his famous question, "So? Where is everybody?".

The Fermi Paradox gives credence to the idea that there might be no other living civilization in the universe but us. At least that is what the present is implying. With humans going to the extent of trying to look for other life forms out in the universe, why is it that we can’t find even a single evidence out in space?

Why there is no credible evidence of life even on the minuscule area that human technology can reach? And if extraterrestrial civilizations with all their highly advanced technology and capabilities for building galactic empires, how come they haven’t visited the Milky Way? With these thoughts in mind, the Fermi Paradox seems to still stand with its own valid points.

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