Where is Everybody? – A Book Review

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,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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2 Responses to Where is Everybody? – A Book Review

  1. humblesmith says:

    I am reminded of a college professor I had who was explaining light, how fast it travels, and the size of the universe. When you consider the great distances in space and the difficulties of communicating over such a distance, the first question is “how would an alien race know we existed?” The second issue is that the first communications an alien race would ever hear are old radio shows from Jack Benny and Fibber McGee and Molly from the early 1930’s. If that is representative of the human race, why would anyone want to visit there?

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