For decades people have talked about the Fermi Paradox. This is simply the theory that if life is abundant in the galaxy, then there should be other sentient lifeforms out there as well. Given that many of the stars are older than the sun, it means that some of those civilizations would be farther advanced, technologically, than ours. Those civilizations should have colonized the galaxy, or, at the very least, visited Earth, according to the theory. Fermi wondered where they were. Why hadn’t they arrived?
my recent discussions with Dr. Avi Loeb didn’t deal with the Fermi Paradox
directly, I could infer an answer for it from that interview. Loeb was of the
opinion that an object that had passed through the Solar System recently was
something that was not part of the Solar System. It came from somewhere outside.
While it seems that most of science would agree with that assessment, they
parted company with his opinion that it was artificial creation.
Given the speed of the object, that is a tiny fraction of the speed of light, it must have been traveling for tens of thousands of years, whether or not it was artificial. The theory is that it would have been guided, repaired, and cared for by AI. That would prove that there is other intelligent life in the galaxy and by extension, in the universe.
However, it is a rather frightening proposition. Oh, not about AI or extraterrestrial intelligence, but that the speed of light is the limiting fact and that it means interstellar travel is, basically, impossible. It suggests that those more technologically advanced civilizations had not found a way to defeat the problems of interstellar travel. It means that they could only launch probes that would travel slower than light. It would mean that worm holes, and warp drive, and gravitationally bending time and space to allow for interstellar flight, while theoretically interesting, were just, well, flights of fantasy.
Dr. Avi Loeb
While such a theory does not eliminate interstellar flight completely, meaning that the civilization that created that artifact had not figured out how to travel among the stars when they launched the object nor does it mean that others haven’t learned how to do it. Actually, it doesn’t mean that the civilization that created the object didn’t have interstellar flight. It could be that the object was launched before they learned the secret. We have sent out probes that are just reaching into the deep space beyond the edges of the Solar System.
But for me this argument is somewhat moot. There have been dozens of UFO reports that suggest interstellar flight is possible. I believe, that had there not been an organized attempt to suppress UFO information that began in July 1947, we might have the untainted evidence that science demands. I can think of many cases in which there are multiple chains of evidence, multiple, independent witnesses, and information gather using instrumentation. UFOs have interacted with the environment, left landing traces, and have been featured in some very good, crisp photographs.
The problem is that no matter how good that evidence, there is someone in authority ready to show us how wrong we are. There are just too many out there who believe that interstellar flight is impossible, therefore alien visitation is impossible, so anything that suggests otherwise is just wrong. The tiniest imperfection in a sighting report is used to prove that the sighting is mundane, even when that imperfection is irrelevant.
Want an example. In the Lubbock Lights case, some reject the photographs because Carl Hart, Jr. didn’t copyright them. The thinking is that he didn’t obtain a copyright because he had faked the pictures. He was told if he did copyright them, then people would think they were faked because he was after the money. To this day, the photographs have not been explained.
All this means is that my solution to the Fermi Paradox is that they have been here, but like those passing a bar because there is a fight in the parking lot, those inside the flying saucers pass us by because there is a fight, a war, always going on somewhere here. Better to drive by than get sucked into the conflict.
Anyway, after talking with Avi Loeb, I had the horrifying thought that the alien probe that flew through the Solar System was telling us that interstellar flight by humans was impossible. But maybe, as Loeb said, it was meant as a monument and shouldn’t be seen as anything more and we shouldn’t deduce the impossibility of interstellar travel. Just thought I would mention it.