In the summer of 1950 Enrico Fermi was having lunch with colleges at Los Alamos when he asked the question ”Where is everybody?” After some calculations he came to the conclusion that if the universe is teaming with intelligent life, why have we not heard from them? That became known as Fermi’s Paradox.
Stephen Webb looks at 50 possible solutions in his book “If the universe is Teaming with Aliens… Where is Everybody? Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life” Now don’t let the overlong title scare you off. Stephen Web has written an entertaining, sometimes funny, easy to read book that is loaded with thoughtful insights about the possible solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the problems with each of them. The 59th and last solution is Stephen Webb’s on solution to the paradox.
What did I take away from this book? First that it amazes me how off the wall some scientist can get in order to explain away issues that go against current scientific thought. It was hard to read some of the solutions and keep a straight face. Second is that though we come at the problem from different worldviews we both arrived at the same solution to the paradox, we are most likely alone. Webb came at the problem from an evolutionary perspective and I come at it from a biblical perspective. However you come to the conclusion it makes one think about how special human life is.
I can recommend this book to anyone who is interested in extraterrestrial life, the SETI project or like me just has an interest in science and how it fits into a Christian worldview.
Have a blessed day,