It’s a popular question: why haven’t intelligent other-world lifeforms (aka aliens)
made contact with people of Earth if, statistically, they more than
likely exist? Well, an answer has been presented by physicist Brian Cox,
but it’s not one you were probably expecting…
When the physicist was asked to elaborate
on the Fermi paradox – the contradiction between the high probability
of alien life existing and the total lack of hard evidence that
intelligence life has ever evolved outside of Earth, he said:
“One solution to the Fermi paradox is that it is not
possible to run a world that has the power to destroy itself and that
needs global collaborative solutions to prevent that.”
Essentially, he’s saying that there’s a chance intelligent off world life wipes itself out via political turmoil before the possibility of interstellar exploration is realized.
“It may be that the growth of science and engineering
inevitably outstrips the development of political expertise, leading to
disaster. We could be approaching that position,” Cox continued.