If it’s true that there are billions of earthlike planets out there, then the Fermi Paradox becomes unanswerable. It’s not good enough to say that they’re here but we don’t notice them. Alien contact should be ordinary and it is very far from that. Something is wrong. 

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  1. I agree Whitley…but, I
    I agree Whitley…but, I think you have said something like this yourself: Since we are soul-blind, we probabaly can’t perceive what is right in front of us. Perhaps they are waiting for us to grow up a little? As a child, when my parents went to play poker or watch football, I was left in the other room with the kids…and didn’t see them for hours.

    I think we need to somehow earn our right to eat somewhere other than the kids table.

  2. This could be explained by 2
    This could be explained by 2 (very unfortunate) things:
    1. The “Great Filter” concept – life is plenty but not plenty advanced due to many chance factors other than just presence of a planetary body in the “goldilocks” zone
    2. Unfortunate timeline “discoincedence” of the active technology/exploration phases of alien civilizations. I have a strong feeling the only way to visit civilizations in any interesting form (and quantity) is via time travel.

    I don’t think that there’s any quarantine that would be necessary (yet), we simply don’t have the technology to remotely discover active alien civilizations, let alone ancient ones represented only by their remains. All this is further complicated by the fact that advanced civilizations just don’t hang around that long in any form we could recognize. We’re not any kind of serious threat…yet.

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