I wouldn’t say it’s idle nonsense. It wasn’t Fermi’s paradox when he said it, just a question about why intelligent life hasn’t contacted us. They don’t but since we know earth created life, then it makes more sense to look for planets like ours because there is a precedent, rather than looking at all planets. It takes less time when conducting a more narrow search. Also, you seem to really want serious deductive evidence when it’s impossible. So, you start there if you want to answer Fermi’s question. I feel like I’m not getting the point through here. No, we absolutely do not start answering a question with a sample size of one. We start by gathering more data points. I get it, it’s an annoying, frustrating thing to Cute Bigfoot UFO I Hate People Shirt hear but that’s how science works.
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That’s not to say it’s wrong to add a gold disk to an interstellar probe or for Paul Allen to spend his millions on the SETI institute listening to space. But these aren’t primary areas of interest in the field of astrobiology and don’t get the big bucks from NASA and the grant agencies (not that they have a lot to spend). The real effort and money go to mars rover equipment, experiments on the international space station, extremophile research, and the like. This makes a lot more sense in the condensed version. You aren’t really miffed about Fermi’s paradox, just the response to Cute Bigfoot UFO I Hate People Shirt the question.