Where are the extraterrestrial civilizations that should inhabit the universe, our science brain Tim Ventura asks Dr. Kent Peacock – a professor of philosophy at the University of Lethbridge?
In his discussion of the “Great Filter” answer to the Fermi Paradox, Dr. Kent Peacock makes the case that it would not be a single component but rather the survival rates in a world that is inherently perilous.
Dr. Peacock talks about the UAP phenomena and why astronomers usually ignore it while looking for extraterrestrial life. Organizations like SETI focus on the stars rather than searching for UFOs, but if Dr. Peacock’s theory is true, they could be hard to discover. A power law, such as Lotka’s Law, would probably apply to the frequency of species that survive numerous existential threats, which would result in an exponential decline in the number of sophisticated civilizations.