Fun Ideas Time: The Fermi Paradox (via @waitbutwhy)

And by 'fun' I mean 'terrifying existential crisis'. Sometimes it's good just to throw some brain-food into the blogging mix in the hope that it will spark some kind of story ideas. The Fermi paradox continues to be terrifying because of mathematics. eg:

Continuing to speculate, if 1% of intelligent life survives long enough to become a potentially galaxy-colonizing Type III Civilization, our calculations above suggest that there should be at least 1,000 Type III Civilizations in our galaxy alone—and given the power of such a civilization, their presence would likely be pretty noticeable. And yet, we see nothing, hear nothing, and we’re visited by no one.


And here a little refreshing breath to not worry so much about it, we're special: