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What is the Fermi Paradox?

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Many people think it is inevitable that life is out there - none more so than several eminent scientists.

The argument for life is simple - there are billions and billions of stars in the universe. It seems almost inconceivable that none of them are able to support life, and hence contain life.

The Fermi Paradox is simple, and essentially asks the question "so where are they?"

Given that these countless other lifeforms will have had millions of years, if not billions of years, headstart in some cases, why are we unaware of the existence of a single foreign life form? A compelling question.

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