Why do people take the Fermi Paradox as evidence against alien life?

We havent even discovered all species on our own planet. There are lifeforms (complex life at that) living in the Amazon and the ocean that weve yet to discover. We dont know whether or not alien life exists on other planets or satellites in our own Solar System. How can one say life doesnt exist in a planetary system 10 light years away with a straight face?

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  • 1 month ago

    Fermi proposed a theory as a possible answer to the question of why we (Earth) have not received any form of communication from another species, it is not a piece of evidence. It does not say that there are no aliens, good luck.

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  • 1 month ago

    The Fermi Paradox questions why aliens haven't come to Earth and made contact with us.

    Fermi assumes there probably is alien life but proposes many theories why they haven't contacted us yet.

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  • 1 month ago

    Elon Musk has also considered the simulation hypothesis as a potential solution to the Fermi paradox: "

    The absence of any noticeable life may be an argument in favour of us being in a simulation ... Like when you're playing an adventure game, and you can see the stars in the background, but you can't ever get there. If it's not a simulation, then maybe we're in a lab and there's some advanced alien civilization that's just watching how we develop, out of curiosity, like mould in a Petri dish ... If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilizations, and I mean strange in a bad way. ... And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilizations."

  • goring
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    He himself may have been an Alien in this country.

    There are other Beings if Heaven they are called Angels which are Creatures created by Our Creators.

    Its vel vely simple.

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  • MARK
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I don't think we should rule out other advanced civilisations in the universe. But, why should they have visited Earth? We haven't yet managed to send a managed mission to out next door neighbour Mars. Why would you expect another civilisation to have travelled a distance far greater and to have overcome all the problems associated with that. It seems to me a lot of people dwell in the reals of science fiction and not real science. Fiction like 'Star Trek' is simply not real.

    • Funny how some folk don't believe in magic or astrology yet they believe in "warp drives". Lol!

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  • 1 month ago

    It's not so much evidence - but an interpretation of an hypothesis that they use to bolster their belief that there's no one out there.  Honestly, we don't know all variables leading to the possibility of extraterrestrial life - we're just guessing.  While it's *possible* that we're the only planet with life in the universe, that's not the way I'd bet. While it's *possible* that we're the only advanced species in the universe, again - that's not the way I would bet... 

    But - until there's evidence (either way) found... all anyone has is guesses and conjecture.  It's okay to have an opinion - but until we know more... that's all it is.

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  • 1 month ago

    It is not meant to be Evidence

    But a Mathematical Theory

     Surmising that Absence of Proof is not Proof of Absence

    And if you Assume, you can make an A$$ of U and Me

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  • 1 month ago

    True, you can't say something does not exist until you have searched everywhere for it.

    But the fact is that the vast majority of the universe is totally invisible to us due to distance. All galaxies but the closest are detectable as nothing more than feint blurs on a photographic plate. We cannot even see stars in them, let alone planets or anything else. So it will never be possible to say that space aliens, space fairies, space tooth fairies or anything else does not exist.

    But what can be done is to examine what tiny fraction of the universe is scrutable by us, and try to find what we are seeking therein. If it can't be found, then we CAN say that space fairies, aliens or whatever definitely do not exist within detection distance.

    In fact centuries of astronomical observation with the most sophisticated instruments, and decades of searching on tens of billions of radio signals has never produced the slightest hint of space aliens.

    We thus conclude that we are alone. I suggest that the fact should be celebrated as a major discovery, rather than seen as anything negative, or something to go into denial over.

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  • 1 month ago

    They don't - the Fermi Paradox poses a question and "there's no one there" is just one of a number of possible answers.  

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  • 1 month ago

    Alien life exists or has existed, or will exist---

    --somewhere

    --and it is of some type

    --and it lasts for some period of time.

    You have given an unreasonably restrictive volume of space.  10 ly radius sphere is tiny, only a dozen  stars exist that close to us.  Many are the wrong type, or we have found no planets around them yet.  Try 100, 1000, 100,000, 10 million ly to be more effective.

    Some type might be disappointing more often than not.  How to have a relationship with a puddle of ooze?  Or a bank of computers left over from a defunct organic civilization?

    Most civilizations, and most comfortable conditions for life are brief in comparison to the universe's existence.  How does that compare to ours?

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