WaitButWhy.com is a website you need in your life.
And there’s no better way to introduce it to you than to link to my absolute favorite piece on the site.
The Fermi Paradox simply states that if the universe is 14 billion years old (it is) and there are billions of planets in the “Goldilocks Zone” of their respective stars (there are) and life on Earth is only 3.8 billion years old (it is) and we’ve come this far in that relatively short time, why haven’t we found other advanced intelligent life yet?
This explores all the possible explanations, but the one I’m rooting for is The Great Filter. And with the prospect of Trump or Clinton becoming our next President, I’m hoping we hit it some time in October.
If you’re disinclined to read the piece, here it is in video form which is extremely well done: Part 1
and Part 2
. And just for fun, here’s what likely happens when we actually make First Contact