Re: The Meaning That Immortality Gives to Life

Date: Mon Oct 15 2007 - 22:32:49 MDT

Hello -

I'm not sure that the parallel Hobart makes works on a galactic scale. Would
any species which could control the energies of its own solar system, and which
had (one would assume) kicked the habit of uncontrolled reproduction, actually
be expansionist? It doesn't seem that they would need more resources for a
stable population.


Adam Snider

Quoting Byrne Hobart <>:

> > This is my theory of why we haven't been visited by ETs:
> > most or all civilizations fall into the trap of just wanting to be happy.)
> Nah. They're still subject to evolutionary pressure. The desire to just sit
> there and be happy probably struck lots of small tribes around the world,
> and made them very happy indeed until a more restless group raped and
> pillaged them into oblivion. I'm not sure ETs would do that militarily or
> culturally -- but whether we face Mongols or McDonald's, it's fair to assume
> that an ET we encounter will be intrinsically unsatisfied and wildly
> expansionist.

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