The Fermi Paradox

by: Hank Green

The Fermi Paradox: A Song

Lyrics

Good morning John, I have good news for people who like me singing songs.
Song Wednesdays are returning! From now until the end of 2010 I will be doing a new song every single Wednesday.
I’m doing this because I have songs stuck in my head and its hard to get them out unless I am very motivated to do so.
And so, I am motivating myself through Nerdfighteria. I need you to motivate me.
This song is a companion song to a video I made a little bit a while ago.
A little bit a while ago… doesn’t make any sense. I do hope you enjoy this.

In 1950 in Los Alamos a scientist was talking with his friends,
And the conversation had them all fully engrossed about this universe that almost has no end.
And as they were all about to return to their study
Enrico suddenly shouted, “Where is everybody?!”
And he sat down and did a few simple calculations
that indicated we should have been visited thousands of times
at least based on his estimations
And that’s the Fermi Paradox
If they’re out there why don’t we hear ’em talk
the galaxy just keeps on spinnin’
with four hundred billion stars in it
and I just can’t believe
that we could be unique
when there’s so much space in this galaxy
Oh I want Pandora’s Box
to be open but instead we’re stuck in Fermi’s Paradox
There are dozens of ways this paradox might be resolved
And you probably can think of some yourself
Maybe advanced technology rarely evolves
Or maybe God sent them all to Hell
Or maybe that technology leads to its own destruction
Or maybe species lose interest in reproduction
Or maybe they’re just afraid of what we’ll do when we find out
so they’re hiding until we grow a bit
And don’t have the same tendency to frequently freak out!
Oh that’s the Fermi Paradox
If they’re out there why don’t they talk
the galaxy just keeps on spinnin’
with four hundred billion stars in it
and I just can’t believe
that we could be unique
when there’s so much space in this galaxy
Oh I want Pandora’s Box
to be open but instead we’re stuck in Fermi’s Paradox

Oh the question of whether there is more life out there
As far as I’m concerned is moot.
But it appears that the aliens do not use Foursquare
and no I’m not trying to be cute
Because the way that we listen is defined by our ears
and the time that we’ve been listening, just a couple dozen years
We’ll be lucky if we see them if we notice them at all
Our cosmic phone could be ringing off the hook right now
And we’re just not answering the call.
Oh that’s the Fermi Paradox
If they’re out there why don’t they talk
the galaxy just keeps on spinnin’
with four hundred billion stars in it
and I just can’t believe
that we could be unique
when there’s so much space in this galaxy
Oh I want Pandora’s Box
to be open but instead we’re stuck in Fermi’s Paradox
Oh yeah, we’re stuck in Fermi’s Paradox
Oh no! we’re stuck in Fermi’s Paradox
Oh yeah, we’re stuck in Fermi’s Paradox

I’m excited about the return of song Wednesdays! I hope that you are too.
If you don’t like nerdy songs, there’s nothing I can do for you, cause I can’t stop writing them.
John, I will see you on Friday!

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