Re: Another Take on the Fermi Paradox

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue Dec 24 2002 - 14:59:13 MST

Gordon Worley wrote:

> If we are in a simulation, the whole thing is probably hopeless.

How so? It would seem to depend on the nature of the sim and
what is possible within it, and perhaps beyond it, to us.

> If
> we've already been contacted, human ideas of morality are 180 degrees
> off the mark.

Again, how so? I can think of many things you might have had in
mind but I am not sure what you were thinking of.

> Sure, it's depressing that civilizations might blow
> themselves up all of the time, but that doesn't make it less likely to
> be true.

Another possibility is that civilizations that don't blow
themselves up act a good bit differently after Singularity than
most of our idas about how we would act. For all I know that
might be quite localized in more inward turning or busy with
some fascinating problem that doesn't require or support
widespread travel. The Fermi Paradox hinges on alleged
civilizations not acting like we believe such a civilization
owuld act.

- samantha

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