Hi all, Long-time listener, first-time caller.
My favourite answer to the Fermi Paradox has been that the aliens are using nearly-perfect compression or encryption for their radio signals (if they're using radio), and that's why all we can detect is noise. However, tonight another "answer" occurred to me. What if we're living in a finite simulation? (Yes, I know we might be living in more than one at the same time.) Supposing this simulation has a physical substrate, and we're not in a Permutation City scenario, then the substrate must be finite and therefore so must the simulation. Maybe there are only enough computing resources to simulate the Earth and environs. We don't see any aliens because none are being simulated. Why just the Earth and environs? Well, a finite simulation has to stop _somewhere_. Maybe planet-sized simulations have a high measure because they're "just the right size" for some purpose. I'm again reminded of _Permutation City_ with the "Autoverse" that was really just Planet Lambert and its surrounds. Has this "solution" to the Fermi Paradox been thought of before? Thoughts? Ron H-E -- Ron Hale-Evans ... [EMAIL PROTECTED] ... http://ron.ludism.org/ Mind Performance Hacks book: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mindperfhks/ Center for Ludic Synergy: http://www.ludism.org/ (revilous life proving aye the death of ronaldses when winpower wine has bucked the kick on poor won man) --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---