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  • n. The seeming contradiction, serving as a challenge to believers in the existence of advanced lifeforms throughout the universe, that there is no scientific evidence that extraterrestrial civilizations have tried to visit or communicate with us.

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Named after physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-1954). (Wiktionary)

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  • Nah, that can't be it.

    February 6, 2010

  • Maybe they're more than 100 light years away, and so haven't noticed us yet?

    February 5, 2010

  • Maybe they fail to sense our life force.
    Maybe they have and got our service.
    Maaaaaaybe they're just not that into us...

    February 5, 2010

  • Maybe they just don't like the looks of us.

    February 5, 2010

  • If there are civilized and technological civilizations in our galaxy, why haven't they contacted us? Summed up in the phrase "Where are they?"

    February 4, 2010