Fermi Paradox (1)
The basic question the Paradox asks, is given that
there are billions upon billions upon billions of stars and planets,
how come no one is saying hello, or: “Where are they?”. There are
more than a dozen hypotheses about why they are not saying hello, but
that we have not yet “heard” anything seems well documented.
Movies are made about first contact scenarios, and
about us being invaded and conquered. Lots of guesses and
fantasies. What seems not to be asked is whether natural science
makes an erroneous assumption about all this, that keeps us from asking
the right questions.
This assumption can be identified, and it is
basically that the Cosmos (the Starry Firmament) is a place of physical
matter and events, just as is our life on the Earth. This
assumption has arisen in many ways, but basically comes down to
this: there is only matter, there is no spirit. All our
explanations for nature's mysteries are assumed to be solvable if we
only better understand matter. So “life” requires DNA (and
related research on genetics). The brain is the source of
thinking and thought - that is the matter in the brain causes our inner
experiences which we know to ourselves as “thinking”.
I have written extensively on these questions, from
many directions: Electricity and the Spirit in Nature (2); I am not my
brain, the map is not the territory (3); The Misconception of Cosmic
Space as Appears in the Ideas of Modern Astronomy (4); and, The Art of
God: an actual theory of Everything (5).
The resistance against the idea of “spirit” in
nature is deep, for once it (the idea of spirit) gets in anywhere in
modern materialistic natural science, the whole theoretical edifice
comes crashing down. This edifice requires that “spirit” be
banished from all scientific thinking, and has become a kind of “taboo”
and “heresy”, which can cause the scientist who goes there to become no
longer able to practice.
The Roman Catholic Church murdered early natural
philosophers (such as Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake as a
heretic in 1600), and today, under the aegis of the modern "church" of
scientific materialism, they just become shunned. See the
material on TED talks regarding Rupert Sheldrake (6).
The existence of spirit is right in front of
everyone. You don’t have to go any further than undertaking an
empirical investigation of your own mind, from the inside.
Details are found in my book: Sacramental Thinking (7).
Once we admit that the spiritual is a fact of
reality, then the paradox is resolved, because it becomes clear that
the Stellar World is not physical, and the intelligences living there
have been communicating with humanity since forever. Our means
for knowing this individually is in our own mind. These
“intelligences” are connected to everything in existence, and can be
“heard” in our own minds. We just have to actually look, and the
answer to “where are they” is resolved.