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Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence$
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David Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.001.0001

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Fermi's Paradox

Fermi's Paradox

(p.98) 7 Fermi's Paradox
Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

David Wilkinson

Oxford University Press

One of the strongest arguments against the existence of intelligent civilizations within our own Galaxy is Fermi's ‘Where is everybody?’—or ‘If they existed they would be here’. Following Webb, this argument is explained and then responses to it are assessed, especially where they begin to impact theological themes such as interstellar expansion, the zoo hypothesis, alien creators, and the Doomsday argument. Unusually for books in this area, there is a review of the claims and evidence that we are a visited planet. This all leads to a tentative conclusion—that we are alone as intelligent life within this galaxy. This, however, does not rule out widespread primitive life or intelligent life in other galaxies.

Keywords:   fermi's paradox, galactic colonization, von neumann probes, zoo hypothesis, creation, doomsday argument, UFO, alien abductions

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