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  1. #1 Fermi Paradox and first life. 
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    I was thinking about the Fermi Paradox, the idea that if life is apparently so common in the Universe, where's all the evidence for it? Why are there no signs of alien civilizations out there?

    And I wondered: What would the very first sentient species to evolve, think of such an idea? Then I wondered, what if Humanity is (or one of) the first sentient species to evolve in the galaxy?

    Can we shout out "FIRST! LOL" amongst the stars and call all the other species n00bs when they get around to developing civilization?


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    Does that mean the first message we will get from the stars will be "+1" or "SECOND!!!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Daecon View Post
    I was thinking about the Fermi Paradox, the idea that if life is apparently so common in the Universe, where's all the evidence for it? Why are there no signs of alien civilizations out there?

    A possible explanation could be that extraterrestrial life forms have not yet reached the stadium of multicellularity.
    This has already been brought up in another thread: On endosymbiosis (link to an article by Ed Yong)

    And I wondered: What would the very first sentient species to evolve, think of such an idea? Then I wondered, what if Humanity is (or one of) the first sentient species to evolve in the galaxy?

    Sentient beings could exist in the universe, whose existence predates the existence of the Homo sapiens,
    but without the invention of an electromagnetic communication device, you will not be heard in the vastness of space.

    Can we shout out "FIRST! LOL" amongst the stars and call all the other species n00bs when they get around to developing civilization?

    That would be fun and all, until they reply.
    "The only safe rule is to dispute only with those of your acquaintance of whom you know that they possess sufficient intelligence and self-respect not to advance absurdities; to appeal to reason and not to authority, and to listen to reason and yield to it; and, finally, to be willing to accept reason even from an opponent, and to be just enough to bear being proved to be in the wrong."

    ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, The Art of Being Right: 38 Ways to Win an Argument (1831), Stratagem XXXVIII.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogito Ergo Sum View Post
    Can we shout out "FIRST! LOL" amongst the stars and call all the other species n00bs when they get around to developing civilization?

    That would be fun and all, until they reply.
    They may be like a strict moderator and lock the solar system and ban Earth for trolling.
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