It’s a popular question: why haven’t intelligent other-world lifeforms (aka aliens) made contact with people of Earth if, statistically, they more than likely exist? Well, an answer has been presented by physicist Brian Cox, but it’s not one you were probably expecting…
When the physicist was asked to elaborate on the Fermi paradox – the contradiction between the high probability of alien life existing and the total lack of hard evidence that intelligence life has ever evolved outside of Earth, he said:
“One solution to the Fermi paradox is that it is not possible to run a world that has the power to destroy itself and that needs global collaborative solutions to prevent that.”
Essentially, he’s saying that there’s a chance intelligent off world life wipes itself out via political turmoil before the possibility of interstellar exploration is realized.
“It may be that the growth of science and engineering inevitably outstrips the development of political expertise, leading to disaster. We could be approaching that position,” Cox continued.