Where will they be : hidden implications of solutions to the Fermi paradox

Faculty/Professorship: General Psychology and Methodology  
Author(s): Döbler, Niklas  
Title of the Journal: International Journal of Astrobiology
ISSN: 1473-5504, 1475-3006
Publisher Information: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
Year of publication: 2022
Volume: 21
Issue: 4
Pages: 200-204
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1017/s147355042200012x
Solutions to the Fermi paradox either deny the existence of extraterrestrials or offer alternative reasons to explain the non-occurrence of a first contact. While the latter, more optimistic approaches generally assume the existence of extraterrestrials, they simultaneously hint to limited future detectability. If solutions to the Fermi paradox are accepted as true, they must be evaluated in terms of how they affect the likelihood of success of future SETI efforts.
Some solutions may lead to the so-called Fermi constraint: in order to explain why there has not been any contact so far, optimistic solutions to the Fermi paradox have to accept assumptions that, if the solution is assumed to be correct, indicate a very low probability of future contact. In other words: they are not here, and that is why they may never appear.
GND Keywords: Außerirdische Intelligenz; Fermi, Enrico
Keywords: Extraterrestrial intelligence, SETI, Fermi Paradox
DDC Classification: 530 Physics  
RVK Classification: UB 2580   
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/53834
Release Date: 26. April 2022
Project: Open-Access-Publikationskosten 2022 - 2024