Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fermi Paradox For Dummies

The Fermi Paradox Simplified

The Fermi Paradox was first stated by Enrico Fermi in 1950 during a lunch time conversation. Fermi, a certified genius, used some straight forward math to show that if technological civilizations were common and moderately long-lived, then the galaxy ought to be fully inhabited.  

The vast distances of interstellar space should not be a significant barrier to any such civilization --assuming exponential population growth and plausible technology.
"Contact" should thus be completely inevitable; we ought to find unavoidable evidence of "little green men" all about us. Our Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) should have been quickly successful.

We don't. It hasn't been. That's the paradox.

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