In case anyone doesn’t know, the Fermi Paradox has stumped scientists and has been a fascinating question for a long time now. The question was first posed by Enrico Fermi: Why, if the universe is so big, haven’t we come across intelligent life?
Fear not, Bill Nye has decided to ponder the question in a YouTube video. His answer is very simple: be patient.
Bill Bye believes that the reason we haven’t come across intelligent life yet is just a matter of timing.
The answer, I think, is not that complicated. We’ve only been listening for other civilizations for 50-70 years, depending on how you count. You have to acknowledge that civilizations have to emerge and be able to communicate at the same time. When you have something that’s been going on for 13.6 billion years, there’s a lot of opportunities to miss each other.
This actually skews positively when we discuss the subject of intelligent life on other planets. If it really is just a case of tag between us and other civilizations, it means that maybe, eventually, we can successfully contact them, or they can successfully contact us. There are other theories, however. One theory describes a Great Filter, and says that the reason we haven’t contacted intelligent life yet is that we haven’t reached the Great Filter yet. Either way, Bill Nye is saying we must be patient. It looks like we have a bit more watching the skies on starry nights and thinking deep thoughts about intelligent life ahead of us.