Where are all the aliens?
Considering there are billions of stars in the galaxy and the Universe has been around for a very very very long time, the existence of extra-terrestrial life is more than probable but likely. Yet we haven’t discovered a single shred of evidence that intelligence life exists outside Earth. This contradiction is often referred to as the Fermi paradox.
Alexander Berezin, a theoretical physicist at the National Research University of Electronic Technology in Russian, has proposed a theory stating that humanity’s quest to discover extra territorial life might actually be responsible for killing it.
“What if,” Berezin wrote in a new paper, “the first life that researches interstellar travel capability necessary eradicates all competition to fuel its own expansion?”
Berezin attempts to tackle the Fermi paradox by arguing that for a civilization to reach a point where it could effectively communicate or travel across solar systems, that civilization would have to be relatively advanced. A people that powerful might not even notice or be concerned with the destruction of another species.
In other words, we could be the bad guys. We could be Thanos!
“I am not suggesting that a highly developed civilization would consciously wipe out other lifeforms,” Berezin wrote. “Most likely, they simply won’t notice, the same way a construction crew demolishes an anthill to build real estate because they lack incentive to protect it.”
It’s unclear if that quote was intentionally a reference to “Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the science fiction comedy that features Earth being demolished to construct a space-highway. But what if there is an alien civilization out there, and we are both in a race to eradicate the other.
Come on NASA, you got to move a little faster.
“I certainly hope I am wrong,” Berezin wrote. “The only way to find out is to continue exploring the universe and searching for alien life.”