That would mean there were 10 quadrillion, or 10 million billion intelligent civilizations in the observable universe. Depending on where The Great Filter occurs, we’re left with three possible realities: We’re rare, we’re first, or we’re fucked. We’re Fucked (The Great Filter is Ahead of Us)If we’re neither rare nor early, Group 1 thinkers conclude that The Great Filter must be in our future. Bostrom believes that when it comes to The Fermi Paradox, “the silence of the night sky is golden.”Explanation Group 2: Type II and III intelligent civilizations are out there—and there are logical reasons why we might not have heard from them. Beyond its shocking science fiction component, The Fermi Paradox also leaves me with a deep humbling.