Brian Cox Explains Why We Haven't Seen Aliens Yet – And It Is Pretty Terrifying

Famous physicist Prof. Brian Cox has made an entry in one of astronomy's most inquisitive and vital questions: Given the high possibility of intelligent alien life prevailing in the ceaselessly massive universe, why haven't we discovered any clear indication of it?

This question is very old and it was Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, who put forward this question in the 1950s, in what’s now known as the Fermi paradox. He debated there’s inconsistency between the high possibility of alien life existing and the total absence of hard indication that intelligent life has ever developed outside of Earth.

So he famously asked:

 “Where is everybody?”

So, Professor Cox considers that he might finally have the answer. But you will probably not like it.

According to the article published on Sunday Times, Professor Brian Cox said:

“One solution to the Fermi paradox is that it is not possible to run a world that has the power to destroy itself and that needs global collaborative solutions to prevent that.”

Yup, basically there's a strong possibility aliens wipe themselves out via political chaos before they ever become advanced enough to start an interstellar exploration.

He went on to warn:

“It may be that the growth of science and engineering inevitably outstrips the development of political expertise, leading to disaster. We could be approaching that position.”
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  1. A nice theory, but i think, the reality is different. There are so many things we do not know yet.

    Brian Cox assumes that all creatures in this universe are like us. But i am pretty sure, that it also can be quite different. Perhaps some intelligent species look like crystals, and such a crystal works like a brain.

    But i agree with him, that Earth´s humanity has a lot of problems, and that these problems could be our end. I think our main problem is human overpopulation. Nice graph:

    This causes a lot of further problems like water and air pollution, global warming, mass extinction of animal species, increasing difficulties to supply water and food, increased emergence of new epidemics and pandemics, destroyed rainforests, elevated crime rate, and so on.

    If we were able to solve this main problem overpopulation, all these mentioned problems would be automatically solved too. Otherwise we will be forced to eat genetically modified food or even "Soylent Green", and maybe we will soon have the next world war. And you certainly know Einstein's quote:

    “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

    I hope, we are able to solve our problems. Maybe in some decades we are capable of travelling to other planets. Probably not yet in 2030 like Elon Musk tries, but maybe already at the end of this century.

    I am ready to help.

  2. So one extension to the Fermi paradox is that if theyre here they probably don't need energy and lime having intelligent nice friends to work with. You can never evolve to leave a planet and use resources without a respect and concern for others. The evolutionary jump just wouldn't happen. Most things have to evolve to be symbiotic with lots of things or they die.

    Not seeing things yet probably is just their not aggressive which makes me optimistic not afraid.

  3. What I don't get is why would we notice? For a very technically advanced race they would likely wield significantly better technology (so no crude/easy to intercept communications), be very energy efficient, and care very little about a primitive species at the bottom of a gravity well, on a unremarkable planet in an unremarkable solar system.

    Not like we can spot space ships moving around in other solar systems. After all we only very recently started broadcasting in RF, the speed of light bubble hasn't hit very many stars yet.

    The universe would have to be rather crowded indeed for someone to have already noticed us.

  4. maybe they are not that intelligent, could be they do not care to cross the galaxies, maybe we are just so full of ourselves, it never dawned on us that we are not all that and they have better things to do with their time

  5. What if all you nay sayers of religion fined out God is the superior alien being, contact has been made and the instruction book was the bible instruction book was the bible and all we did was trash it and make fun of him and the teachings? What if you superior minds are just full of yourself? You say a child should meet the aliens, children are full of love and no hate until we teach it to them, maybe we are the aliens that are continually coming to this planet through the miracle of birth," or time travel in the birthing process" and we let some through and teach them to hate and corrupt them, and the rest we kill with abortions. But they just keep on coming trying to get the message thru, many accept some of the message and many laugh at the thought of a god/alien. My thought is, you get seven times to get it right, just like seven days to create the earth and rest. After the seventh rebirth on the planet, if still you are a none believer , you just cease to exist.


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