Physicist Brian Cox Shares Why Aliens Haven’t Visited Earth

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The truth might be out there, but here on earth, we haven’t seen hide nor hair of alien life.

Why is that?

Well, the general thinking in the world of astronomy, astrophysics, and physics is that logically, we cannot be the only planet where conditions have promoted the evolution of human life.

It’s called the Fermi paradox, and it was first put forward by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi in the 1950’s. He argued that 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.


Basically, we logically know we can’t be unique in the universe, but there’s no scientific evidence to suggest we’re wrong.

So Fermi himself asked quite famously, “Where is everybody?”

Well, physicist and professor Brian Cox told the Sunday Times he thinks he might have an answer…but I don’t think you’re going to like it.


“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.”

Basically, there’s a good chance there are other intelligent species out there, maybe even ones who have evolved societies similar to ours, but they destroy themselves with political infighting before they can go exploring the universe (or other universes).

Which…I mean, I’m not holding out much hope that we’re going to make it past the space we’ve already explored before our own infighting has us going kaboom.

“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.”


How come Hollywood doesn’t make a disaster movie about that?

I guess because it would be more of a tragedy than anything, and nobody wants to pay $20 to get sad about reality.

We can do that watching the news at home, and for free.