E17 The Fermi Paradox


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According to scientists' best estimates, there are likely a great number of intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy, and many more throughout the rest of the observable universe. But if that's the case, where is everybody?

Maybe homo sapiens are the first of many intelligent civilizations that will one day explore the universe. Maybe intelligent life is more improbable than we'd thought. Or maybe aliens are really out there, but we haven't found them just yet.

Scientists and big thinkers have spent decades trying to get to the bottom of the Fermi Paradox, but they're yet to get to the bottom of this cosmic mystery. In this episode, we'll find out why many scientists predict that the universe is teeming with intelligent life, why we're still waiting for contact, and the ways in which our answers might radically alter the long-term prospects of the human race.

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