Answers to Fermi’s Paradox


11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox

Here is an interesting addition to the discussion on Fermi’s paradox. These are all logical reasons why the paradox might not be valid, but I have my own opinions.

One major one missed, in my opinion, is social entropy. Social entropy is the natural energy level of society to decay over time. You can see examples of it in the Roman Empire and in some large corporations. Over time societies decay because of a couple of factors. One is span of control. One government can’t control an infinite number of individuals. The larger the number, the weaker the influence. Extrapolate that over billions of individuals, a large number of planets or great distances and the society loses its focus and wonders.

The giant advanced populations that are discussed, I think, reach a practical limit and once reached they decay. Who would care about some leader who is light years away and whose life is totally different? Once the point of decay is reached, technology loses much of its impact and meeting the needs of daily life dominate.

Another item, I think they miss, is the assumption that all creatures explore. Exploration might be a characteristic for only us. We are the product of an evolution where survival of the fittest dominates. Without alpha predators to force evolution a species can remain very happy in its biological niche. There are many examples of this; sharks haven’t changed in 10 of millions of years. They were the alpha predator and had no need to change or explore.

In my recent book Gemini, I described a naive society that never had alpha predators and when faced with a survival situation they didn’t know how to react. They were happy in their world and didn’t feel a need to explore. They had what they needed and there wasn’t any pressure to expand.

In my opinion societies may not feel the pressure to explore the entire universe and if they did they might find limits on their breath and depth which they can’t deal with. Assuming some race of aliens will dominate all of existence is like assuming that crabgrass in your lawn, which you have fought for years, will take over the world.

Ray Jay Perreault

Fermi’s pair of sox


The Fermi Paradox

If any of you have wondered why we haven’t heard from another intelligent life form, this article is an excellent summary of the Fermi Paradox.

This whole thing intrigues me along with just about everyone else in the world. If there are as many habitable worlds as current research indicates why we haven’t been contacted by them. The story doesn’t make sense, there are billions of habitable planets in our galaxy and even if a small percentage of them have intelligent life why hasn’t one of them dropped us line?

What is your favorite reason in favor of Fermi or rejecting it?

My favorite is using┬áradio signals as the benchmark of intelligence. The span of time intelligent life uses giant amounts of power transmitting information in every direction must be short. That along with the very narrow sliver of time that we’ve been transmitting and receiving make our chances of finding anything almost impossible.

If any of you fellow Sci-Fi authors (or readers) haven’t looked over Fermi’s musings you must, there is a lot of thought and interesting points made.

I’m following this blog with another that has 11 of the weirdest explanations for Femi’s paradox, which also make for interesting reading.

Ray Jay Perreault

Warp 6 here we come!


How To Find Faster-Than-Light Particles

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Wow am I brilliant ;>). I wrote a blog late in November which talked about how everything in nature is balanced and I surmised that if we have a curve describing how mass increases as you add energy and approach the speed of light then we must have another particle where mass decreases and it loses energy beyond the speed of light. Well here it is and now I have a possible explanation for FTL (Faster than light travel) in my next book.

My brilliance aside, this is very interesting and their discussion about how these particles have imaginary mass is also interesting. The article also noted that squaring an imaginary mass will yield a negative mass. If you notice negative mass is required for the Alcubierre Drive which is another theoretical method for FTL which is being investigated by NASA.

We’re getting closer, Warp 6 here we come.

Ray Jay Perreault

Science Fiction Body Swapping


Science Fiction Body Swapping

When I saw this article I thought of some great science fiction stories. Someone tell me if these have been written.

One civilization works out an agreement with another to swap bodies. Their intellect and personality is traded from one body to another and they learn about each other. The story could get interesting as they get involved in the activities of the alien culture or theirs within our culture.

A variation on this theme is a forceful invasion and an alien robot or device forcibly trades a human with an alien on another world. They invade us by taking over our bodies and sending us to a foreign planet perhaps dying from some catastrophe or super nova.

Or, to continue the invasion theme, we make friends with an alien species and they offer to trade with us for vacations and eventually we find they are pulling the ‘To Serve Man’ trick on us. (For those of you who didn’t see the To Serve Man episode of Twilight Zone – you’ve got to check it out.).

Seems that this story line has some legs; someone go with it.

Ray Jay Perreault


And the bacteria gets organized….


And the bacteria gets organized….

Here is a thought provoking article from Scientific American. If you don’t have a subscription you’ll only be able to read the teaser. Seems to me there is a Sci-Fi story in here somewhere. Why can’t an advanced alien get our bacteria organized and maybe even unionized then they’ll put them to work overthrowing the human race.

The article talks about new methods to fight evolutionary pressure within bacteria. A problem we’re all facing is bacteria’s evolution makes it immune to our drugs. New ways to fight this need to be found. One of the bacteria’s vulnerability is how it lives within a community and actually communicates and they help each other.

Forget the army of nano bots, we have to worry about the army of bacteria that talk to each other; scary stuff.

Through biology the bacteria communicates with each other and they work together to improve their environment and as they work together that cooperation helps them build immunity to our drugs. So, the scientists are finding ways to mess up their communication so their evolutionary growth won’t let them build immunity.

Ray Jay Perreault


Take a dump SO you can go to work.


Take a dump SO you can go to work.

Here is a great article about the energy potential of human waste. Read it the next time you’re on the throne and maybe put it in your next Sci-Fi story.

I never realized how energy packed human waste is. For example I didn’t know that if a person collects all of their urine for a year, they’ll have enough fertilizer to grown all of the grain they need to eat. I guess you can that a closed cycle.

This has been done for centuries in different parts of the world. In China it’s a major part of the energy production in the rural areas. Apparently they have toilets made to separate the key ingredients.

The solid waste we produce is just as productive. Storing it and letting our little bacteria friends work on it turns it into great fertilizer also. While it decomposes it creates bio-methane which is better than natural methane. It burns cleaner and produces the same amount of energy.

The article talks about a bus that runs on bio-methane. So the time spent on the toilet can be productive and it will help you get to work.

I think this material would be great in future human sci-fi. This type of waste management along with a water allotment where people are given a certain amount of water per year and they have to decide on spending 70 gallons for one avocado, or 50 gallons for a walnut is worth it. A fully closed society where 100 percent is recycled. Maybe I’ll put this on my list of stories to write.


Ray Jay Perreault