Category: our racial future

Eternity Lost: Solving the Fermi Paradox

The Sallis solution.

Read this.

And this.

I propose a novel solution to the Fermi Paradox.  It is typical for people to envision sentient alien species as monolithic, as monoracial populations – think of the “alien grays” who are portrayed as phenotypically fungible. What if this assumption is incorrect?  Perhaps racial diversity is the rule among sentient species; thus, highly divergent human racial types find their counterparts in significant racial variability among the alien peoples inhabiting worlds unknown. I further propose a Gresham’s law of universal racial diversity: the more intelligent and productive races of any sentient species will tend to be demographically outcompeted by the more stupid and useless races; the latter, despite their deficiencies for proximate values, are inevitably more fit with respect to the ultimate criterion of survival.  The threshold of technological competence for a detectable alien civilization would no longer obtain as the race or races capable of maintaining that civilization are replaced by those incapable.  Therefore, no such civilizations are detected.

So, perhaps, a gracile and intelligent space-faring light gray alien race has been demographically replaced by a brutal and stupid dark gray race, the members of which are swinging from the trees among the ruins of a collapsed Dyson sphere civilization.  The same would hold for other failed alien cultures, and if human civilization collapses, the likely cause would be similar.

And so it goes…

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The Fragility of Infinity

From Archimedes to Tyrone Carjacker…how have the mighty fallen.
Excerpt, emphasis added:

…we urgently need to be thinking about planting the seeds of Life, and of our race, on other worlds. We have already squandered more than half of the fossil fuels on Earth, mostly on pointless and worthless things (such as making trillions of pieces of Chinese junk that go straight into the landfill forever — after making brief appearances in Walmart and in our living rooms; or making sure that Jamal and LaTwonda have Burger King and air conditioning). The window of time in which we can achieve our destiny in the stars may close forever if we do not act soon.We need a philosophy — a vision — a religion, if you will — that can make that possible. 

How fragile is the thread leading to infinity.