The Fermi Paradox and Implications
In 1950, a man, Enrico Fermi, during a lunch break conversation he causally asked his co-workers an interesting question, “where is everybody”. (Howell, 2014) By which he meant, since there are over a million planets which are proficient enough to support life and possibly some sort of intelligent species, so how come no one has visited earth? This became known as The Fermi Paradox, which came from his surname and two Greek words, para meaning contrary and Doxa meaning opinion, about a 100 years ago. (Webb 2002) A paradox arises when you set undisputable evidence and then a certain conclusion contradicts the idea. For example, Fermi realized that extra-terrestrials have had a large amount of time to appear …show more content…
(Gato-Rivera, 2005) Additionally, there were many solutions to the Fermi paradox, the most popular non-expansionist being that interstellar travel is not possible because the technology level has not yet been reached by the civilization. Another solution theorizes advanced civilization have little interest in expanding beyond their region in the galaxy. Dissimilarly, another solution states that technologically advanced civilizations annihilate themselves or disappear by natural causes before getting a chance to spread through the large regions of the galaxy. (Gato-Rivera, 2005) Whereas, the most popular expansionist solution is that advanced civilization might have ethics code which prevent them from interfering with human life. Another solution is the advanced civilization ignores earth due to the fact of our low primitive level because the civilizations would be millions of years ahead of human capabilities. (Gato-Rivera,2005) These are some of the few solutions that researchers have come up with supporting the Fermi …show more content…
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According to the notes from class, true paradox is defined as two ideas or principles that seem irreconcilable with each other, but prove on closer scrutiny, simultaneously valid. The theory of paradox is recommended to address and remove the ineffectiveness of opposing viewpoints. The benefit of the theory of paradox is that it seeks to recognize and value all perspectives. It also encourages using the effective aspects of all perspectives.
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