Brian Cox Explains Why We Haven't Seen Aliens Yet – And It Isn't Pretty

Physicist Brian Cox has weighed in one of astronomy's most curious questions: Given the high probability of extraterrestrial life existing in the endlessly massive universe, why haven't we seen any clear evidence of it?

This question was first put forward by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi in the 1950s, in what’s now known as the Fermi paradox. He argued there's a contradiction between the high probability of alien life existing and the total lack of hard evidence that intelligent life has ever evolved outside of Earth.


“Where is everybody?” he famously asked.

Well, Professor Cox thinks he might have the answer. But it isn’t too cheery.

According to the Sunday Times, Cox 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.”

Yup, essentially there's a chance aliens wipe themselves out via political turmoil before they ever become advanced enough to launch an interstellar exploration.

He went on to warn:
 “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.”

Gulp.

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  1. I think that maybe advanced civilizations are rare, and they are tens or hundreds of thousands of light years apart. Probably just as well.

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  2. Some think Humans were created by an alien civilization that came to earth to mine for our Materials in order to do the hard labour required. Then afterwords when we earned our Freedom to fend for ourselves, they created a slave trade as a result of duplicating the same strategy as the Aliens.

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  3. I think we are that "amazonian tribe who has not had contact with the outside world",..and we are living in a conservatory, where they don't go and let us be,...

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  4. Trump is proof that eventually civilizations collapse due to the bad actions of leaders and the stupidity of those who choose them.

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    1. oh yeah,must be Trump??? how TF ..your a special kind of stupid...

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    2. I agree to an extent. But, anyone who truly believes that one political party is more destructive than the other is naive and a part of the overall problem.

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    3. You mean like giving terrorist billions of dollar to finance world wide violence. Or maybe giving two nations nuclear material and technology to make atomic bombs. or start wars in the middle east resulting in 500,000 killed and 5 million with out homes. Or going into office with a net worth of 2 million dollars make 3.2 million dollars over 8 years and leaving office with a net worth of 50 million dollars and 5 homes worth 15 million dollars. IT takes a special kind of stupid to point finger at Trump and ignore Obama and what he did to this country.

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  5. Aliens breath CO2. this explains why they don't object to us changing the atmosphere. They like filthy oceans, so dumping toxic chemicals and waste enhances their community... why else would we do it?

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    1. Congratulations, you've won today's The Stupidest Comment on the Internet Contest.

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    2. I think.....hope..... he was being sarcastic...

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  6. There is the possibility that extra-terrestrial civilizations may all be at a relatively similar level to development as humans if evolutionary development takes roughly the same amount of time universe-wide. Given that distances between civilizations would likely be vast, our, and their, ever-expanding bubbles of radio communication may take hundreds to thousands of years to intersect our current positions. That, however, doesn't preclude the likely possibility that we all would destroy ourselves before we can reach a level of global peace and cooperation necessary to use our technology wisely for the betterment of the entire species as opposed to the bottom line.

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    1. This does not jibe with the reality that life on earth, almost any way you measure it, has been slowly getting better and better over the last several millenia.

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  7. If there is any intelligent life out there, and they know about us, they probably don't want anything to do with us. And I don't blame 'em. If I were an alien of intelligence, and I saw what was going on here on earth, I wouldn't want anything to do with humankind either!!!!!

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  8. ...from Monty Python...

    "Our universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding,
    In all of the directions it can whiz;
    As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
    Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is.
    So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
    How amazingly unlikely is your birth;
    And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space,
    'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!"

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