Re: the end of fermi's paradox?

From: Philip Goetz (
Date: Thu Jan 04 2007 - 10:38:31 MST

On 12/28/06, John K Clark <> wrote:
> "kevin.osborne" <> Wrote:
> > presumably is going to be a lot more effective than our previous SETI
> > program of just scanning amongst the noise at relatively arbitrary points
> > in the star field.
> I don't see why pointing telescopes an individual planets is more effective
> than pointing it in random directions, ET is unlikely to remain chained to
> his home world for long, astronomically speaking. As a matter of fact I
> don't see why you'd need a telescope at all to find ET, it should be
> obvious to anyone who looks into the night sky. But it's not obvious,
> and I believe that tells us something.
> John K Clark

An ET with a tech equivalent to Earth 200 years from now would
probably live in a society in which time and energy were both very,
very valuable relative to their value to us. The energy that we use
in a single househould might provide life for millions of
human-equivalent beings. The time in a single Earth day might be
equivalent to a human lifetime to them.

If so, space travel would be very, very unappealing. Imagine the
government saying, "All right, we need to kill a trillion people in
order to get the energy to launch this spaceship, which has a small
chance of colonizing an insignificant, poisonous, mineral-poor chunk
of rock a billion years from now." That's the proposition space
travel would be putting forth.

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