On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:27:39 PM UTC-6, Brent wrote:
> On 2/7/2018 4:38 AM, Telmo Menezes wrote:
> > To summarize the argument:
> > 1. A sufficiently advanced civilization is bound to become a galactic
> > civilization;
> > 2. We do not observe a galactic civilization;
> > 3. If other instances of life are found, this means that life is not so
> > 4. So it is likely that there is a major obstacle that prevents a
> > civilization from becoming galactic, and this filter is likely to be
> > ahead of us.
> > It's an interesting argument but I think it is based on some rather
> > strong assumptions:
> > (a) That becoming a galactic civilization is possible;
> > (b) That becoming a galactic civilization is desirable;
> > (c) That galactic civilizations are observable by us.
> > Firstly we don't know if there's an upper limit for technological
> > progress, or where that limit could be. Maybe interstellar travel or
> > the colonization of other planets will never be feasible.
> That would be my bet. Galaxies are big and light is slow, and we're a
> lot slower.
We are also not as smart as we think we are. The average human being is not
much more than a sort of upright walking and talking chimpanzee. Also as it
was put in the movie *Men in Black*, A person can be rational, but people
are a panicky herd of dangerous animals.
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