Where are they?
November 21, 2007
Fermi’s paradox can be reasonably resolved in only two ways:
- Technological civilization is a nearly unique occurence. That is, very few technological civilizations (such as that of humans on present-day earth) have ever developed in the observable universe, or,
- There exists a space faring civilization that maintains our galaxy, or at least our area of the galaxy, in a pristine state.
If both 1. and 2. are false, then there would very likely arise at least one civilization that would create self-duplicating probes around the universe. Unless some entity was cleaning these probes out of our [area of the] galaxy, such probes would be ubiquitous and evident from (or even on) earth.
The paradox therefore implies that either
- Our existence is a miracle on a universal scale, or
- There exists a powerful body that has specific objectives and it manipulates our of space in order to further those objectives.
Either of these options takes us some significant step toward a theistic position.