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On the Meaning of Fermi’s paradoxOne of the few pieces of hard data that we have in connection with SETI is embodied in Fermi’s famous question, often stated simply as: Where is everyone? Our purpose here is to show that this “paradox” is telling us something about the number of communicating societies in the galaxy and the rate at which such societies “grow”. Our analysis is based on a mathematical technique that is of fundamental importance in a number of areas of physics.