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“The idea that we are alone in the universe seems to me completely implausible and arrogant, considering the number of planets and stars that we know exist, it’s extremely unlikely that we are the only form of evolved life” a quote said by Stephen Hawking, which really relates to the idea of this essay. So, Are we alone? It is a question commonly asked by even the brightest scientists. Growing up we are constantly subjected to the presence of extraterrestrial life whether on TV or in novels, it leads us to ask questions, to look up at the sky and wonder. If we are considering how large our universe is, shouldn’t it be probable for other life to be out there. However, many skeptics believe that the presence of extraterrestrial life is highly unlikely due to the lack of proof or that they haven’t visited us, however, there are many hypotheses to supportthe existence of extraterrestrial life, stating facts such as the Fermi paradox, the habitability of the universe, how the future developments will further prove the point.The Fermi Paradox, which was devised by Enrico Fermi, where he asked, “if they are out there,where are they?” this has multiple solutions however the eradication and sustainability solutionare the most researched of all solutions, answering the lack of evidence. A physicist namedAlexander Berezin stated the ‘First in, Last out’ solution, which states a highly advancedextraterrestrial life could have wiped out the other life. That the extraterrestrials figured outhow to travel through space, in hopes of expanding but in doing so they destroyed every otherlife and themselves (Shostak 2018). A highly intelligent species would wipe out othercivilizations unknowingly to expand further (Berezin 2018,2). Perhaps another popular answerto the paradox is the sustainability solution, the faster we advance the quicker we extinct, agrim future of humankind. This states that highly intelligent life will eventually meet their doom,the quick advancement in modern life is not supposed to be (Haqq-Misra and Baum 2009,47-51). Also taking into consideration the effect of the human species to other species the chanceof a quickly advancing civilization taking itself out, along with other civilizations is highlypossible (Baum, Haqq-Misra and Do 2011). Even though the universe is very large we have yetto have discovered alien life, and they should have visited by now. Since the universe is large,and the chances of extraterrestrial life should be possible, but there is no evidence (Wesson1990,161). It is stated that they should have been here by now, therefore, there is no evidence
for their presence (Webb 2006,2). However, improvements in the study of biology haveinfluenced it to show up undeniably likely that life exists somewhere else in the universe(Moody 1758, 171). The Fermi paradox is said to have many solutions; therefore, it still hasn’t

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Term
Winter
Professor
jane smith
Tags
Test, The American, McNamara, Extraterrestrial life, Bostrom, extraterrestrial intelligence

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