Re: offtopic: Fermi Paradox, evolutionary filters, and life on Mars

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Sun Mar 25 2001 - 10:28:58 MST

Mitchell Porter wrote:
> --- Brian Atkins <> wrote:
> > If there is no detectable intelligent life besides
> > us in this galaxy, and
> > apparently no where it could have gone (other
> > universes, etc.), that makes
> > me strongly believe we are in a simulation. But on
> > the other hand the
> > increasing evidence of dead life on Mars would seem
> > to point the other
> > way... in which case- where the heck are they?
> Remember the concept that technological intelligence
> requires passage through a number of evolutionary
> filters. First you have to have life, then
> intelligent life, then starfaring life, and only
> in the last case is the Fermi Paradox a problem;

Well I was thinking about this from the point of view of a sysop (or us)
going all around the galaxy looking both for life and signs of previous
life. Even if a civilization failed to make it to the stars you should be
able to find their home planet and see some artifacts still there (or goo).

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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