Where Is Everybody?

Wed, 2018/01/17 - 2:11pm | Your editor
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There are between 200 billion and 400 billion stars and at least 100 billion planets in our galaxy. Why, then, are there no signs of alien intelligent life? This paradox was stated as early as 1950 by physicist Enrico Fermi. In today's reality, if even primitive rocket technology could colonize the galaxy in a few billion years, where is everybody?

One response is suggested by Prof. Brian Cox in an article published by the London Sunday Times Oct. 9, 2016. He suggested that the reason why no intelligent life beyhond the earth has been discovered is that none exists, because advances in science and engineering outstrip the development of political institutions to manage them. As a result, advanced civilizations end up destroying themselves.

(This is from the first issue of the Global Letter covering complexity, technology, and governance. It was launched today by Llewellyn Consulting, run from London by John Llewellyn, a former deputy chief of research at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and his team of experts.)


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