The following is an excerpt from ERIC MACK | June 28, 2018 | CNET.com |
Elon Musk just really wants us to get out and see the universe, even if there are no aliens waiting to greet us anywhere.
It's often assumed there must be intelligent life somewhere else in the universe simply because the place if so unfathomably huge. And yet, we've surveyed an awful lot of space with our best technology for decades now without finding any hard evidence of ET. You may have heard of this head-scratching conflict. It's called the Fermi Paradox.
A new study takes a fresh look at the famed paradox and the assumption that aliens must be out there somewhere. By being a little more realistic about what we do and don't know about the universe, it finds there's actually a decent chance we're all there is when it comes to intelligence.
"We find a substantial probability that we are alone in our galaxy, and perhaps even in our observable universe," concludes the paper by a team from Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute published earlier this month.
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