Favorite Fermi findings


The Fermi Paradox is one of my favorite philosophical/scientific ideas. Essentially, it’s an inquiry into why we haven’t discovered definitive proof of advanced alien civilizations.Given all we know about the universe, mathematically, it does seem a little odd that we would be the first and only civilization to get this far. The idea has became known as Enrico Fermi’s Paradox.

(NOTE: When Enrico Fermi wasn’t radically re-framing broad cosmological concepts, he was a brilliant physicist. He presided over the first controlled nuclear chain reaction in Chicago in 1942, famously uttering, “The reaction is self-sustaining.” Chilling.)

Listing 11 credible solutions to Fermi’s Paradox, the writer here does an excellent job of balancing science fiction with sound science. He also does a nice job balancing several competing theories that may one day solve Enrico Fermi’s famous paradox.

My favorites are #1, 4, 6, 8 and 10.


By George Dvorsky, one of the very best science writers working today.

Here’s a fun link to an adjacent line of scientific inquiry, also by Dvorsky.



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