You may well have heard of the Fermi Paradox. It's one of my favourite paradoxes, even though it is terrifying. It goes like this: given what we know about the likelihood of our galaxy containing multitudes of life-supporting planets, combined with our knowledge of the galaxy's age, why haven't aliens come knocking? Even our primitive brains can imagine populating a huge portion of the galaxy in a relatively brief time using self-replicating machines, so something doesn't add up.
I've been jabbering on about the Fermi Paradox to anyone who'll listen since I was 13, but it was only last week that I saw someone pin the blame on feudalism.
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