Theory says that ETs were not located because they moved to a black hole

In a debate that took place in 1950, physicist Enrico Fermi asked his colleagues: “Where are they?”, referring to the supposed civilizations aliens advanced, reported in newspapers, but without concrete evidence.

Since then, scientists around the world have been trying to resolve the so-called Fermi Paradox, which deals with the contradiction between the high probability of the existence of extraterrestrial life and the lack of contact with such civilizations.

A very peculiar answer to the Fermi Paradox is the so-called transcendence hypothesis.

According to the theory, suggested by futurist John M. Smart, the most advanced extraterrestrial societies would have moved to the center of the galaxy, where a supermassive black hole is located.

This celestial phenomenon, in turn, would provide an incredible amount of energy to be exploited by these alien beings.

“Civilizations proceed in a universal process of evolutionary development. This process would take them to a computationally ideal domain of increasingly dense, productive, miniaturized and efficient scales of space, time, energy and matter, eventually culminating in a black hole-like fate,” Smart explained.

The theory indicates that ETs would be beyond our reach

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According to the transcendence hypothesis, as technologically sophisticated societies follow this evolutionary process, they would stop emitting electromagnetic signals, becoming undetectable to our current instruments.

Considering this factor, our current efforts to search for signs of extraterrestrial life would be doomed to failure, as we simply do not have the ability to locate these civilizations advanced.

Other populations may not yet have transcended

On the other hand, the futurist argues that simpler civilizations, like ours, would still be on the “periphery” of the galaxy. In his words:

“[Elas seriam] developmental failures and are statistically very rare at the end of the life cycle in any developing biological system.”

It’s unclear whether Smart’s theory can ever be proven. However, it invites us to think about new ways to search for extraterrestrial life and consider how large and unexplored the universe is still.

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