2016-11-23

Fermi paradox resoloved


"I have enough trouble predicting the plans and reactions of people closest to me. I am usually baffled by the thoughts and accomplishments of humans in different cultures. I’ll be damned if I can state with certainty what some extraterrestrial source of intelligence might do."
--Stephen Jay Gould
Our culture is just one out of innumerable cultures, past and present, here on Earth. Its existence is based on some peculiar premises it shares with no other culture that ever existed. (see The story of B, by Daniel Quinn) Therefore it is quite unlikely that there ever were many similar, or any, societies like ours anywhere in the universe.

The rule regarding civilizations – and I am tempted to say, Q.E.D., as (to be) seen by example – might be,
All cultures sufficiently advanced to develop interstellar travel inevitably destroy their habitat.

Cultures wise enough to foresee this do not engage in space flight, or long distance communication. The reason we cannot make contact is, they are not ready yet, they were ready but now dead, or they are not interested. This means, nobody will be coming to save us. They just can't.
"Perhaps we can hope intelligent species develop to the stage where they have no urge to own every star, inhabit every planet, and populate the Galaxy with beings just like themselves."
--Stephen Webb: If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody? Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life, p. 83
Such intelligent beings do exist – here on Earth; we call them Primitives, or plants, and animals. They are as intelligent as the people of our civilization but they managed to avoid some of our worst mistakes; foremost the urge to spend energy on expansionist ideas.

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