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Why aren’t there any aliens? Space is like, ridiculously huge. They’ve got to be out there, right? So far, we got nothing. This is actually a very real scientific conundrum that some of the greatest human minds that have ever existed have tackled for a super long time now. It’s known as the Fermi Paradox, and in this episode of Nickipedia, we dive right in and try and figure out why no aliens are texting us back.
Today we’re gonna focus on the basics of this subject, But before we can ask why no alien love, we need a little background. According to the Drake Equation, there should be plenty of plants like ours.
Even with the most conservative figures the result is close to 40 billion earth like planets orbiting habitable zones of other stars… meaning the Galaxy is just bursting with Earth-like planets that are in the so-called Goldilocks zone of their local star systems. This is the heart of the Fermi Paradox, named after the famous Physicist Enrico Fermi who put it like this: "Where my aliens at, yo?”… So what’s the deal? Do we smell bad? Are we just not cool enough for alien g-chats? Scientists have suggested a variety of theories, so we’re gonna crank through them just like one of my favorite youtubers, “Matthew Santoro”
Extraterrestrial life is incredibly rare or does not exist. Plain and simple. And you thought you were part of the “special trophy generation” before!
Maybe there are aliens but they’re not intelligent. Think Animal Planet, but for realsies. No people. No phones, resulting in no phone home.
Maybe they exist, and they are intelligent, but they’re too primitive to use radio. Like, say, humanity up until like the last hundred years or so.
It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy itself. Whether it’s Terminators, Matrix Machines, climate change, or genetically engineered flying shark-nados, humanity better get it together or its GAME OVER super buzzkilly.
It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy others. Even more buzzkilly. That means as other more advanced civilizations explore space, the act of exploring itself destroys other potential intelligent species. Like if we land on an alien planet and step on the one plant that ever existed there.
Alien intelligence exists, but goes extinct before it can call us, maybe.
Intelligent civilizations exist, but they’re just too far away from one another for any meaningful communication to occur.
They exist, but travel and communication is too expensive. Interstellar space rates are outrageous
They exist but we haven’t been listening long enough to know.
They exist, but we aren’t listening properly. So like, they’re on Instagram and we’re still stuck on Myspace.
They exist, but the window between when they can send radio transmissions and when they either go extinct or destroy themselves or lose interest is brief. It only took us about fifty years to go from using radio to using nuclear bombs. What could go wrong?
The exist, but like your friend who spends every waking hour playing video games they lock themselves away and have no interest in contacting anyone.
They exist, but they are just too alien. Like beyond anything we can imagine and therefore beyond anything we can communicate with. Like trying to skype with a jelly fish.. that’s a no go.
They exist, and they’re listening, but no one is transmitting. We’ve only sent a few messages out and even those were controversial. Bottom line, it may be existentially dangerous to send messages to advances smarter more advanced spacefaring civilizations think Independence Day.
They exist, but they’re not talking to us on purpose. Maybe they don’t like us. Maybe we’re just not that interesting.
They exist, but we are isolated for a reason. Maybe were in an intergalactic zoo?
They exist, and they are here, but they’re hiding.
They exist, they are here, but we just don’t or can’t see them. Maybe we’re not looking in the right place. Like they’re too big, or too small, or occupy a dimension we don’t have access to?
Producer: Nick Uhas
Writer: Sean Stanley
Editor: Griffin Louis
DP: Sam Mosco
I think about this a lot. But what if aliens didn’t need the Goldilocks zone? What if different species can survive under different circumstances? we are limiting our search to places we could survive but what if they could survive in places we couldn’t?
The solution seems obvious. Even with the predicted instances of alien life being so high, the distances we are talking about are mind-blowing. With the Milkyway Galaxy at over 100,000 light years wide, our planet and even our solar system are like a single water molecule in an unimaginably vast sea. Any civilisation however advanced would be challenged to cross this galactic "sea" to say the least whether in person or via communications! It is therefore not a surprise but rather an expected norm to me that we would not have heard from any aliens yet. I wonder why scientists find this a paradox. Intelligent Alien life living in our neighborhood e.g. the Alpha Centauri star system might not even be able to detect us at all using similar technology to ours just as we might not know that alien life exists there. Another aspect is that we do not really understand how radio waves artificially produced will sound like at the other end after say 4 light years of travel? What refraction, diffraction or degradation might occur to artificial radio waves as they travel immense distances? In other words there is still a lot of work to do before assuming that a paradox even exists. We have jumped a little ahead of ourselves declaring a paradox when we have not grown the ears to hear nor the eyes to see. Good video, gets the mind working. Thanks :-)
The thing is though, even if aliens try to communicate with us? What will our governments do? They'll bomb it with nuclear explosives, and most likely hide it from the public, making all the witnesses be shown as crazy or just making conspiracy.
They could say "Oh it was just one of our drills for space flight and it didnt go well."
As for the ship, or whats left of it, maybe some survivors, they'll take it somewhere probably underground, study the ship, dissect the aliens.
And no one would ever know. Right?
Not to mention we had global issues happening right now. Wars, Elections, Governmental Controversies, Health issues, etc.
I wouldnt be surprised if Aliens don't wanna come over here because of that.
We are absolutely NOT ready to meet extraterrestial life.
Easy. 1. They do, but already know about this nasty species called human beings on this planet and want nothing to do with us.
2. They know we're here, but they are waiting until they run out of food in their own star system.
3. They have deliberately isolated this planet - see #1.
4. If they are out there, they are light years away and have not figured out how to exceed the speed of light to get here or fold space.
5. They reach a certain point of development and then self-destruct, as humans appear to be bound and determined to do.
6. We have nothing to offer to anyone else.
BTW the imitation facial hair does you no compliment.
This reminds me, I have to finish watching The X-Files. I feel like that the only reason we haven't found any aliens is because we're not advanced enough.
PS: Where does the image of the big black eye and gray/green skin alien come from?
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