One of the most heard questions about aliens is “If there are aliens, why haven’t we heard from them yet?”. This is also known as the Fermi Paradox. But just because we haven’t heard from aliens, doesn’t mean they’re not out there. Here I’m merely focusing on the reasons why we haven’t heard from them. We’re here and listening, so, what gives?
They haven’t found us yet
If they don’t know we exist, how are they going to send us messages? How are they going to visit us? They don’t know where we are and where to look! And quite frankly, there are many species on our own planet unexplored as well. They have no idea there’s this species that calls itself intelligent out there, that will tag them and partly destroy them as soon as they tale notice of them. And we don’t know they are there so we can’t tag them in the first place. Ignorance can be bliss. We just haven’t been noticed yet.
And think of this. We’re just a tiny planet in a tiny solar system with a tiny sun. The chances an alien civilization will have found our star may be likely, but will they know planets are orbiting it? And will they know how many and are they able to find the rock planets? Mercury, Venus, Mars and Earth really aren’t all that big and relatively close to the sun. Seen from Saturn we’re nothing more than a pale blue dot. We barely see ourselves from within our solar system, how are we traceable from outside, or even outside our galaxy? If they’re equally advanced like us, it’s very likely they haven’t found us yet, just like we haven’t found them. For all we know, we might even be the most advanced species in the universe.
We’re not interesting to them
If an alien civilisation is able to detect and contact us, chances are that they have done this before. They’re probably part of a multi-galactic alliance with numerous of species. To them, finding life in the universe is common and the real question is why on some worlds or solar systems life hasn’t evolved at all. Finding life in the universe is not that special to them. It’s more something that they expect to find.
If that’s the case, they’re a highly advanced race. Benefited from other races from various galaxies. They are way more advanced than we are. They know how to explore the universe way beyond our imagination. They’ve found us. But with all the other advanced civilizations they know, we’re just not interesting enough. We’re just galactic infants who barely made it to our own moon. Hardly impressive. We’re not trying to talk to ants either. So why would they want to talk to us? They may observe until they get bored. Some nerds may stay behind and continue to observe us. They may also be the laughing stock of their species for doing so.
We have, but it’s not common knowledge for whatever reason that may be
Roswell, 1947. An alien craft crashes. Two passengers die due to the impact, but one survives. It causes a stir but soon the word is out. It was just a weather balloon. Move along, nothing to see here. Just the military picking up the pieces and taking the evidence away. Then, Area 51 comes in existence, and is being denied.
While the pieces of alien spacecraft are being investigated and studied, the lone survivor is being patched up. They’re able to tell where they’re from. They have a wealth of knowledge and technological skills way beyond our own. They’re able to phone home. They’re telling about this species of humans and they agree on sharing information among each other. They study us. In return we get they’re knowledge. Only, us and we are not the same group of people. Us don’t know what we know. Why? Ask we, whoever they are.
We have but we’re not listening
It’s life! It’s intelligent life! Look, they have satellites! They must be intelligent! We must send them a message that we are here. It will be such a surprise! It’s how we would react and it’s very likely that an alien civilization will react the same. So they send out a message to us. With coordinates telling us where they are. DNA information. Images, sound files. A warm welcome. Send to our planet. But they will not get a responds.
Let’s just hope the sending party is advanced enough to understand that we’re not being impolite and see the radio silence as an act of war. And where I say radio silence, it should read whatever the form of communication they decided to use to contact us. Not being on the same wavelength is a saying used to explain that two persons simply doesn’t understand each other due to different interests or intelligence level. It can also be used to explain why we haven’t heard from them. We’re using a different wavelength. Hence we are receiving but are simply not listening with the right tools. And this goes vice versa. Our wavelengths may have reached another civilisation but they’re not listening to that frequency.
We may not be alone. But maybe we’re just very lonely.