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Fermis Paradox: Where is ET?

CATEGORY 2: They do exist, but we see no evidence

It may be that technological extraterrestrial civilizations exist, but that human beings cannot communicate with them because of constraints: problems of scale or technology; because they do not wish to communicate, or because their nature and technologies are too alien for meaningful communication.

1. Communication is impossible due to problems of scale:

a) Intelligent civilizations are too far apart in space or time

b) It is technically too difficult, too expensive, or requires too big resources
to spread physically throughout the galaxy.

c) Human beings have not been searching for E.T. long enough

2. Communication is impossible for technical reasons:

a) Humans are not listening in the right way - advanced aliens may have totally different communication methods.

b) Civilizations only broadcast detectable radio signals for a brief period of time

c) They experience a technological singularity and loose interest in talking.

If technological civilizations don't need a physical body anymore, they may loose interest in trying to talk with primitive "organisms" like us, just like we don't bother to talk with ants. Or they prefer to move into "virtual worlds" and cut off all external communications.

d) The evidence is being suppressed by the governments here on Earth
(so called conspiracy theories)

3. They aliens choose not to interact with us, because:

a) It is the nature of intelligent life to keep silent

It is possible that most civilizations keep the listen-only ideology,
perhaps because they don't want to be found.

b) Earth is purposely isolated (the zoo hypothesis)

It is possible that alien civilizations avoid contact with Earth so as not to interfere with our independent development, or to preserve an isolated "zoo" or "wilderness area". A little like Star Trek's "Prime Directive". Or the aliens might choose to only allow contact once the human race has passed certain ethical, political, or technological standards, e.g., ending poverty/war or being able to master interstellar travel. That is, when we have come of age.

Another ideas is that Earth has been set up as a "laboratory" experiment that contact would ruin. And a related, even more exotic idea, is that the perceived universe is a simulated reality. The "planetarium hypothesis" holds that beings have simulated a universe for us that appears to be empty of other complex life by design. Then, we live in a virtual universe. (cont)





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