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/
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