History UsefulNotes / FermiParadox

14th Jul '17 8:27:09 AM SSJMagus
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* InvisibleAliens is more tricky, as there may be all kinds of reasons we might not see the aliens that are out there. Even if life is common, ''intelligent'' life might be rare for any of a number of reasons. And even if intelligent life is common, it might be hiding, or it might not last very long. If they're bizarre StarfishAliens, we may simply not recognize what we're looking at. If they're SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, we may not even have discovered the technologies required to detect them. And if they're more than sufficiently advanced, their intelligence might have led to some sort of [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence transcendence]] that we can't detect, even in theory. Alternatively, they may be perfectly visible already, but TheMenInBlack are making sure the general public doesn't realize it.

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* InvisibleAliens is more tricky, as there may be all kinds of reasons we might not see the aliens that are out there. Even if life is common, ''intelligent'' life might be rare for any of a number of reasons. And even if intelligent life is common, it might be hiding, or it might not last very long. If they're bizarre StarfishAliens, we may simply not recognize what we're looking at. If they're SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, we may not even have discovered the technologies required to detect them. [[note]]Currently the primary method of searching for aliens is to listen for possible extraterrestrial radio transmissions. But if alien civilizations tend to only use radio for a brief time before moving on to some other technology we haven't conceived of yet, there would be only a be a brief window to detect any given planet's transmissions.[[/note]] And if they're more than sufficiently advanced, their intelligence might have led to some sort of [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence transcendence]] that we can't detect, even in theory. Alternatively, they may be perfectly visible already, but TheMenInBlack are making sure the general public doesn't realize it.
1st Jul '17 9:26:24 AM nombretomado
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TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi%27s_paradox more details.]]

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TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi%27s_paradox more details.]]
30th May '17 7:25:05 PM NanoMoose
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30th May '17 7:24:54 PM NanoMoose
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Zig zags this. An EldritchAbomination species called the Reapers eliminates all spacefaring species once every 50,000 years but with the space transportation technology available, any number of species humanity does encounter could have visited us prior to our space age. In fact they did visit a pre-space age species and give them space travel so that they could help in a war, which led to disastrous results. So the reason we aren't visited is a combination of implied AlienNonInterferenceClause[[note]]It's more of a caution than clause; there's nothing stopping the uplifters (Salarians) from trying to uplift an ''even more violent race'' called the Yahg.[[/note]] and EldritchAbomination. The uplifitng of other races has occurred before the present time as seen with the Prometheans uplifitng the [[spoiler:Asari]] and the Hanar, who themselves saved the Drell from total extinction at the cost of having a lot of their people left on their dying homeworld.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Zig zags this. An EldritchAbomination species called has aliens plentiful and perfectly understandable to humans; they are simply not encouraged [[AlienNonInterferenceClause to interfere with intelligent races that have yet to develop spaceflight]]. (Some of them do so anyway for various reasons, but not with humans.) Another potential answer is offered why none have yet completely conquered the Reapers eliminates galaxy: every fifty thousand years, an unthinkably ancient and powerful machine race marches in, exterminates all spacefaring species once every 50,000 years but along with most signs they existed, then leaves again.
* ''VideoGame/Prey2017'' namechecks
the space transportation technology available, any number of Fermi Paradox, and offers an existentially terrifying resolution: no intelligent life has yet been encountered because the Typhon species humanity does encounter could have visited us prior evolved to our space age. In fact detect and consume all advanced consciousness they did visit a pre-space age species and give them space travel so that come into contact with. Rather than flesh, they could help in a war, which led to disastrous results. So eat ''minds''.
* ''Videogame/DeadSpace'' resolves
the reason we aren't visited is a combination of implied AlienNonInterferenceClause[[note]]It's more of a caution than clause; there's nothing stopping paradox in the uplifters (Salarians) from trying to uplift an ''even more violent race'' called the Yahg.[[/note]] and EldritchAbomination. The uplifitng of other races name. No advanced life has occurred before the present time as seen with the Prometheans uplifitng the [[spoiler:Asari]] and the Hanar, who themselves saved the Drell from total extinction at the cost of having a lot of their people left on their dying homeworld.been found because... well, it's dead.



* In ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' Mars re-established contact with the rest of humanity after going out into the universe and finding no aliens, [[spoiler: they were all dead.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' Mars re-established contact with the rest of humanity after going out into the universe and finding no aliens, [[spoiler: they aliens. [[spoiler:They were all dead.]]



** [[http://xkcd.com/1377/ Another]] offers an alternative solution, [[spoiler: they're all hiding]]
* The paradox is brought up in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' as a concept that has been largely disregarded in the thousand years since FirstContact, but, after hearing evidence that [[spoiler: galaxy-spanning civilizations have risen and fallen many times over millions of years]] the idea is revisited.

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** [[http://xkcd.com/1377/ Another]] offers an alternative solution, [[spoiler: they're all hiding]]
hiding]].
* The paradox is brought up in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' as a concept that has been largely disregarded in the thousand years since FirstContact, but, after hearing evidence that [[spoiler: galaxy-spanning civilizations have risen and fallen many times over millions of years]] years]], the idea is revisited.



* In ''Literature/VeilOfMadness'', the reason humanity hasn't found any aliens is because Earth is smack in the middle of the titular "Veil of Madness", which causes violent insanity in any intelligent life that lives there, usually driving them to extinction. Humanity is the only race to have avoided this (well, one race hasn't destroyed themselves quite yet, but they're definitely affected and they haven't got out of the stone age).

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* In ''Literature/VeilOfMadness'', the reason humanity hasn't found any aliens is because Earth is smack in the middle of the titular "Veil of Madness", which causes violent insanity in any intelligent life that lives there, usually driving them to extinction. Humanity is the only race to have avoided this (well, one other race hasn't destroyed themselves quite yet, but they're definitely affected and they haven't got out of the stone age).Stone Age).



-->'''Calvin:''' "I think the surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that none of it has ever tried to contact us."

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-->'''Calvin:''' "I I think the surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that none of it has ever tried to contact us."
17th Apr '17 5:04:10 PM nombretomado
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* StephenBaxter's three ''Manifold'' novels investigate three different solutions (using the same characters in each novel):

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* StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's three ''Manifold'' novels investigate three different solutions (using the same characters in each novel):
15th Jan '17 6:43:35 PM WillKeaton
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TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi%27s_paradox more details]].

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TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi%27s_paradox more details]].
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21st Dec '16 1:39:28 PM StFan
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* The Comicbook/FantasticFour: Reed Richards attributes this to Comicbook/{{Galactus}} in the regular and ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' universes.

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* The Comicbook/FantasticFour: Reed Richards attributes this to Comicbook/{{Galactus}} ComicBook/{{Galactus}} in the regular and ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' universes.
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Zig zags this. An EldritchAbomination species called the Reapers eliminates all space faring species once every 50,000 years but with the space transportation technology available, any number of species humanity does encounter could have visited us prior to our space age. In fact they did visit a pre-space age species and give them space travel so that they could help in a war, which led to disastrous results. So the reason we aren't visited is a combination of implied AlienNonInterferenceClause[[note]]It's more of a caution than clause; there's nothing stopping the uplifters (Salarians) from trying to uplift an ''even more violent race'' called the Yahg.[[/note]] and EldritchAbomination.
** The uplifitng of other races has occurred before the present time as seen with the Prometheans uplifitng the [[spoiler:Asari]] and the Hanar, who themselves saved the Drell from total extinction at the cost of having a lot of their people left on their dying homeworld.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Zig zags this. An EldritchAbomination species called the Reapers eliminates all space faring spacefaring species once every 50,000 years but with the space transportation technology available, any number of species humanity does encounter could have visited us prior to our space age. In fact they did visit a pre-space age species and give them space travel so that they could help in a war, which led to disastrous results. So the reason we aren't visited is a combination of implied AlienNonInterferenceClause[[note]]It's more of a caution than clause; there's nothing stopping the uplifters (Salarians) from trying to uplift an ''even more violent race'' called the Yahg.[[/note]] and EldritchAbomination.
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EldritchAbomination. The uplifitng of other races has occurred before the present time as seen with the Prometheans uplifitng the [[spoiler:Asari]] and the Hanar, who themselves saved the Drell from total extinction at the cost of having a lot of their people left on their dying homeworld.
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* ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' devotes [[MultiPartEpisode a two-parter]] to this subject and the Drake Equation. Available [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-1 here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-2 here.
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--> '''Sam:''' There is no Fermi Paradox! Every time the aliens make it to Earth, the cows get them!

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--> '''Sam:''' -->'''Sam:''' There is no Fermi Paradox! Every time the aliens make it to Earth, the cows get them!
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* ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' devotes [[MultiPartEpisode a two-parter]] to this subject and the Drake Equation. Available [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-1 here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-2 here.]]
* In ''WebOriginal/VeilOfMadness'', the reason humanity hasn't found any aliens is because Earth is smack in the middle of the titular 'Veil of Madness', which causes violent insanity in any intelligent life that lives there, usually driving them to extinction. Humanity is the only race to have avoided this (well, one race hasn't destroyed themselves quite yet, but they're definitely affected and they haven't got out of the stone age).

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* ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' devotes [[MultiPartEpisode a two-parter]] to this subject and the Drake Equation. Available [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-1 here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-2 here.]]
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* In ''WebOriginal/VeilOfMadness'', ''Literature/VeilOfMadness'', the reason humanity hasn't found any aliens is because Earth is smack in the middle of the titular 'Veil "Veil of Madness', Madness", which causes violent insanity in any intelligent life that lives there, usually driving them to extinction. Humanity is the only race to have avoided this (well, one race hasn't destroyed themselves quite yet, but they're definitely affected and they haven't got out of the stone age).



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** ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' suggested the same thing:
--->'''Calvin:''' "I think the surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that none of it has ever tried to contact us."
** As did Eric Idle's "Galaxy Song" Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'''
--->''And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space...''
--->''...[[NoIntelligentLifeHere 'cos there's bugger-all down here on Earth]]''

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** * ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' suggested the same thing:
--->'''Calvin:''' -->'''Calvin:''' "I think the surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that none of it has ever tried to contact us."
** * As did Eric Idle's "Galaxy Song" Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'''
--->''And -->''And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space...''
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3rd Dec '16 10:31:34 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''WebOriginal/VeilOfMadness'', the reason humanity hasn't found any aliens is because Earth is smack in the middle of the titular 'Veil of Madness', which causes violent insanity in any intelligent life that lives there, usually driving them to extinction. Humanity is the only race to have avoided this (well, one race hasn't destroyed themselves quite yet, but they're definitely affected and they haven't got out of the stone age).
17th Oct '16 4:19:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' devotes [[MultiPartEpisode a two-parter]] to this subject and the Drake Equation. Available [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-1 here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-2 here.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' devotes [[MultiPartEpisode a two-parter]] to this subject and the Drake Equation. Available [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-1 here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-2 here.]]

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* ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' devotes [[MultiPartEpisode a two-parter]] to this subject and the Drake Equation. Available [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-1 here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-2 here.]]

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* ''WebVideo/ExtraCredits'' ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' devotes [[MultiPartEpisode a two-parter]] to this subject and the Drake Equation. Available [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-1 here]] and [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/funding-xcom-part-2 here.]]
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