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Fermi Paradox = Fewer than 10 ET Civilizations?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 5 years ago

Space 5

Al writes "The Fermi Paradox focuses on the existence of advanced civilisations elsewhere in the galaxy. If these civilisations are out there--and many analyses suggest the galaxy should be teaming with life--why haven't we seen them? Carlos Cotta and Álvaro Morales from the University of Malaga in Spain add an another angle to the discussion about the speed at which a sufficiently advanced civilisation could colonise the galaxy. Various analyses suggest that using spacecraft that travel at a tenth of the speed of light, the colonization wavefront could take some 50 million years to sweep the galaxy. Others have calculated that it may be closer to 13 billion years, which may explain ET's absence. Cotta and Morales study how automated probes sent ahead of the colonisation could explore the galaxy. If these probes left evidence of a visit that lasts for 100 million years, then there can be no more than about 10 civilisations out there."
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Good news, everyone! (2, Funny)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 5 years ago | (#28883411)

I start to get confused when I start on a huge map with more than a dozen civilizations, anyway.

Re:Good news, everyone! (1)

joe_n_bloe (244407) | more than 5 years ago | (#28887797)

I wish I could mod this up today.

Typical Milky Way-centric view (1)

JuffoWop (1579041) | more than 5 years ago | (#28883477)

They keep saying "the" galaxy like it's the only one. Current estimates put the number of galaxies in the universe at 130 Billion. Which, at 10 advanced civilizations per galaxy (yes, I realize there is no evidence to assume that number for galaxies not our own, but it seems like a good one) that puts us at 1.3 trillion total civilizations. Which means that the current US bailout project could give $18.23 to every civilization in the universe. Now *there's* an investment!

These articles are so damn lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28884757)

I'm not aware of individual bacteria living on a grain of sand in a flower bed six houses down the street. Why don't I have a "paradox" named after me?

Once more, for the slow people: SPACE IS BIG. No, really. Really, really big. It's almost all empty. It wouldn't be surprising if every planetary system in our arm of the Milky Way had colonies of advanced intelligent life, and it wouldn't be surprising if none of those colonies were aware of each other.

Except that the Fermi paradox... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28885279)

Does not allow for wormholes... Or snail holes. Or rat holes... Or..
Oh, wait.... I'm just being an A...

Never mind.

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