[FoRK] Fermi paradox was re: economics / carrying capacity

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Fri Oct 30 05:26:04 PDT 2009

One addendum to this discussion:

I think there's a reasonable if small chance that the implications  
lurking in this present chain of discussion explain the Fermi paradox  
in a couple of ways.  It could imply the long-term inviability of  
technological civilization due to fundamental race conditions  
involving resource economics.  It could also imply that most advanced  
intelligences eventually realize and understand the limits and  
constraints on growth processes such that they come to terms with one  
or more of the fundamental constraints involved, and adapt accordingly  
in some manner that bounds growth and resource consumption (thereby  
limiting their detectable "footprint" on the universe.)

At some point, perhaps, ethics and physics are aspects of the same  
thing. :-)

I do rather doubt it, though.


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