Apparently Fermi’s question: “If other extra-terrestial civilizations exist, why don’t we see them here among us already?” is interesting again.
“The Fermi Paradox is the contradictory and counter-intuitive observation that we have yet to see any evidence for the existence of ETI’s. The size and age of the Universe suggests that many technologically advanced ETI’s ought to exist. However, this hypothesis seems inconsistent with the lack of observational evidence to support it.
Largely ignored in 1950 when physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked, ‘Where is everybody,’ and virtually dismissed at the seminal SETI conference in 1971, the conundrum was given new momentum by Michael Hart in 1975 (which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Fermi-Hart Paradox).”
…The fact that our Galaxy appears unperturbed is hard to explain. We should be living in a Galaxy that is saturated with intelligence and highly organized. Thus, it may be assumed that intelligent life is rare, or, given our seemingly biophilic Universe, our assumptions about the general behaviour of intelligent civilizations are flawed.
A paradox is a paradox for a reason: it means there’s something wrong in our thinking.
So, where is everybody?
One of the ways to resolve the paradox is to posit that they’re out there but they’re hiding from us. Why would they hide from us? One answer is that they are waiting until we demonstrate that we are fit to take our place in their society (i.e. The Prime Directive Answer) or more sobering, they’re preparing an Armada to enslave us all as drones of the salt mines of Titan…
Or hopefully something else.
Actually, it’s a very interesting and profound question with lots of theological implications. I don’t know that anyone has yet enumerated the theological aspects.
Read the rest here: Sentient Developments: The Fermi Paradox: Back with a vengeance