Monday, May 18, 2015

The Fermi Paradox

Star Trek and other science fiction adventures notwithstanding, we seem to be suffering from a lack of other advanced civilizations* in our galaxy. No Vulcans, Cardassians**, Bajorans, Cylons, Borg, Andorians, Xindi, Metrons, or anyone else have come calling. Why is that?

This intriguing video - The Fermi Paradox - runs about six minutes or so, and discusses that very issue. It's utterly fascinating, deeply troubling, and well worth your time to watch ...

I don't know about you, but I've now added "filters" to the list of things I have to worry about***.


Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


* Calling us an "advanced civilization" sometimes seems like quite a stretch, but work with me on this, okay?

** Although we do have the Kardashians, who are even more scary.

*** Along with Congress, the "Islamic State," open-carry nuts, anti-vaxxers, and every announced GOP presidential candidate.


Linda Kay said...

My friend, not every GOP candidate is to worry about. Myself, I'm pretty concerned about the Donkey list. Not looking forward to the next year and a half of campaigning and mud slinging. Very interesting video...not going to worry about it today. It's only Monday! Have a great day.

allenwoodhaven said...

It's certainly something to think about. I'd read, and it makes sense to me, that the vast distances in space and the vast time scale of the universe make it unlikely for other civilizations to develop space technology simultaneously enough for us to have interactions between planets.