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The Fermi paradox (or Fermi's paradox) is the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilization and humanity's lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations. The basic points of the argument, made by physicists Enrico Fermi and Michael H. Hart, are:
The Sun is a young star.
There are billions of stars in the galaxy that are billions of years older;
Some of these stars probably have Earth-like planets which, if the Earth is typical, may develop intelligent life;
Presumably, some of these civilizations will develop interstellar travel, a technology Earth is investigating even now, such as that used in the proposed 100 Year Starship;
At any practical pace of interstellar travel, the galaxy can be completely colonized in a few tens of millions of years.
According to this line of thinking, the Earth should already have been colonized, or at least visited. But no convincing evidence of this exists. Furthermore, no confirmed signs of intelligence (see Empirical resolution attempts) elsewhere have been spotted, either in our galaxy or in the more than 80 billion other galaxies of the observable universe. Hence Fermi's question, "Where is everybody?"
originally posted by: Kantzveldt
a reply to: abeverage
The problem with Sumerian King lists is that certain numbers had symbolic value as they related to projected numerics based upon observed planetary periodics, thus if you had a number associated with a Kings it meant something in an astro-numerological sense, to consider them in real terms you'd have to divide by base 360 to get realistic results.
Same with the Hebrew patriarchs, divide by 12 and you get realistic figures, again for the Egyptian King lists there is a base number involved, and the Indians seemed to have used base 3,600, it was more filling in the gaps from unknown periods with symbolic values.
I would say the Sumerian tradition of Divine Kingship though traced back to an earlier period of contact with Celestial beings and resultant hybrids, they don't seem to have heard of the Prime Directive and were happy enough tinkering about and teaching the humans to read and write some 7,000 years ago, later tradition thinks this wicked but it was seemingly benevolent.
Dwellings in the form of truncated pyramids have been encountered among the Sagai, Shortzy, Kachin, Altai-Khizi Teleut, Dolgan, Sel'kup, Ket, Khanti, Yakut, Yukagir, with eight of these communities having winter housing of such a form...
"In the mythology of the Yukagir that has come down to us there occurs the formula of the Universe, according to which the upper land is correlated with the rainbow or a conical dwelling, the lower land is a truncated four-cornered pyramid and the middle land, concave in the relation to the upper, separates them. Therefore it could be suggested that the distant ancestors of the Yukagir had permanent dwellings in the form of a truncated pyramid.
originally posted by: abeverage
I will agree with hybrids that is likely outcome so in some way us more "modern" humans are stunted in our regenerative ages and longevity. But why?
originally posted by: Hanslune
a reply to: Kantzveldt
I would think that people invented pyramids as they are easiest way to obtain a raised platform......