Enrico Fermi first asked the question: Where is Everybody? The galaxy is old enough and there has been plenty of time for any technological civilization to make itself heard, so why haven't we?
It's possible there is a filter that prevents civilizations from getting past a certain point. It may be that life itself runs up against events that keep it from reaching beyond a certain level in their evolution.
Humanity may have yet to face this filter if it exists. Perhaps we've already past it. How would we know? This question of whether we have faced a great filter or have yet to encounter it is not a trivial or academic one, it has real implications for the future of our species.
For example, what are the implications of finding life in our own solar system and why is that a BAD thing?
Join us as Tony Darnell, Dr. Jeff Kuhn, Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina Peter Ward: Professor, UW Dept of Biology and Dr. Jim Annis from Fermilab as we discuss this very exciting topic that has profound implications for our future.