Originally Posted by Chris JeriG.O.A.T
What are your thoughts on the Fermi paradox?
It is exceedingly fascinating to consider, and the entire premise reminds one of an excellently piquant line of dialogue from Carlo Emilio Gadda's murder mystery novel which roughly translates from the original Italian, That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana
, from the protagonist who contends that when looking to uncover the reasons why for something, one should look at the interconnecting constellation of influencing points, and that it is never quite one thing.
Enrico Fermi's simple conversation in summer 1950 at Los Alamos with Edward Teller and Emil Konopinski was presumably over lunch and they discussed the idea of aliens in outer space, and wondering aloud, "Where are they?" or "Where is everybody?" the latter of which as a questioning phrase became the first-ever episode of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone
, is worth pondering.
Fermi's contention regarding the millenniums of years' required for travel versus the potential probability that at the very least some stars possess qualities resembling this planet on which we live with the possibility that a race of beings has formulated the means by which to make the interstellar trek seems like a plausible explanation unto itself. Having said that, scientist David Brin provides provocative insights relating to the nuances into which one could delve.
Michael Bodin wrote a solid book that I read a few years ago on the Fermi paradox when it was brand new. It convincingly established the point that when weighing the biological progression and evolution of life, communication seems to be of a vanishing potentiality. The book was hardly groundbreaking but it was reasonably well-balanced while almost single-mindedly pursuing the cosmological ramifications, which is Bodin's one undeniably fecund contribution.
It does fit with what is known of our own development of inquiries pertaining to the possibilities beyond our own planetary concerns that myriad other stars that have older beings may take much longer in sharing the curiosity displayed by at least some homo sapiens
. Also enjoy reading about the "water world" hypothesis which David Brin makes entertainingly fascinating. The earth being more pronouncedly covered by land with large continents is at least a reasonable position.