One of the biggest puzzles in science is the absence of solid evidence of an extraterrestrial civilization, as around 5,000 planets are known to orbit other stars in our galaxy alone.
There is currently no hard evidence that any highly developed alien civilizations have made contact with humans, despite millions of reports of UFO sightings and dozens of claims that people actually interacted with aliens.
The famous quote by author Arthur C. Clarke says: “Either we are alone in the Universe, or we are not. Both are horrible in the same way.
There must be dozens of civilizations similar to ours in a galaxy filled with stars, many of which we now know contain planets.
Enrico Fermi, a physicist, left Italy in protest against Mussolini’s anti-Jewish laws. He made his home in America and was a crucial member of the team of scientists working on the bomb.
However, he is best known today for the Fermi Paradox, which he summed up in the phrase “But where is everyone? “We continue to ask ourselves about this today.
According to Fermi, even a civilization that was only slightly more advanced than ours should have colonized the cosmos long enough.
After the Pentagon made its UFO disclosures earlier this year, bookmakers Paddy Power reduced the odds of discovering alien life by the end of 2021 from 200/1 to just 20-1.
We don’t have any extraterrestrials working for us, but our agents are out of this world, and after looking at the stakes on this for several months, we feel the 10/1 odds show that there is a chance that we will be visited by aliens, a spokesperson from Paddy Power explained to the Daily Star how they calculated the odds.
We now price a retaliatory sighting at 10/1 as we recently dispatched the Amazon worker to poke his butts.
According to Konstantin Batygin, professor of planetary sciences at Caltech, the existence of life elsewhere in the universe is “evident.” The only difficulty is determining its distance.
According to him, there may or may not be life beyond Earth is not an intriguing topic in terms of hunting for extraterrestrial life in the universe. He said this in an interview with the Daily Star.
“That’s because it’s clear that the answer is yes,” he added. “Certain planets are undoubtedly better candidates for supporting life than others, but the discovery of any specific system by Kepler or any other mission is not crucial in determining whether or not extraterrestrial life is present in the universe.
“Instead, the discovery that planets are so prevalent confirms the idea that the absence of extraterrestrial life is a statistical impossibility somewhere in the cosmos.
“Where is the closest extraterrestrial life?” is a more pertinent question. Is it somewhere in the solar system, like Europa, Enceladus, etc.? or is it parsecs away?
Frank Drake, an astronomer, has developed an algorithm to determine how many alien civilizations are now present in our galaxy. Drake’s calculation, even with very conservative numbers, says there must be some.
But maybe we’ve underestimated how unique we are as humans. Undoubtedly, we have yet to discover any concrete evidence of extraterrestrial life. Michael Hart of the Royal Astronomical Society noted that there are no intelligent extraterrestrial beings on Earth today.
It is proposed that the idea that there are no other highly developed civilizations in our galaxy is the best explanation for this fact.
This is undoubtedly one of the suggested Fermi Paradox solutions. Other predictions include the relatively pessimistic assertion that all tech cultures are doomed to self-destruction, if not through nuclear war, at least through climate change.
According to planetary scientist Alan Stern, it would be nearly impossible for humanity to discover an alien civilization if it appeared in the vicinity of a water world.
He stated, “We can’t see anything anywhere in the spectrum, except maybe very low frequency [radio] if they have technology, and let’s assume they’re broadcasting, or have city lights or something.”
The zoo hypothesis is arguably the craziest answer to the Fermi paradox.
Simply put, the theory holds that advanced alien civilizations have a law, similar to Star Trek’s “Prime Directive”, that prohibits them from interacting with “primitive” species like ours until we reach a certain threshold, such as creating a single government or creating our own interstellar working spacecraft, for example.
A modified variation of the theory known as the laboratory hypothesis was put forward by MIT scientist John Allen Ball at the Haystack Observatory.
He believes that, in essence, Earth can serve as a huge laboratory where aliens can abduct and experiment on humans in a similar way that we can do with rats or monkeys.
If that idea isn’t discouraging enough, Paddy Power is giving us a good 500/1 chance that we’ll be fighting another planet by 2030.
Just believing that we are alone in the universe is somehow more comforting.