Old 10th Jan 2019, 20:38
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Originally Posted by Parapunter View Post
Fermi doesn't say that though. Fermi asks a question, The conclusion must be wrong because it flows from an erroneous starting point. Fermi led to Drake attempting to quantify the issue & a whole bunch of postulations on the subject. My own view is the universe is teeming but I don't know that, I do know we're here & there are untold billions of stars & planets & so I'm a sucker for the numbers game.
The Drake Equation, given what is currently understood is suggesting that the Milky Way could contain significant numbers of potentially intelligent lifeforms.

But the Fermi conundrum questions why if that is the case, contact has not been made.

Professor Brian Cox in the book HUMAN UNIVERSE is of the opinion that there are significant bottlenecks in the evolution of life that could result in 'intelligent life' being very rare.
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