From: Mike Lorrey (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jan 13 2002 - 10:01:38 MST
Eugene Leitl wrote:
> I think we don't have to jump through a lot of hoops to show why we don't
> see aliens who're out there. Much simpler explanation is that we're in
> nobody's light cone. We wouldn't be able to observe it, anyway. I guess
> this forebodes ill to anything within our light cone pretty soon.
Well, we are kinda in the Galactic boonies, aren't we? We are between
galactic arms, somewhat out toward the rim. It's obviously easier to get
around in places where stars are somewhat closer together, so the
economics of interstellar travel dictate that once a race is traveling
among the stars, they will gravitate toward areas where stars are closer
together. Anyone in the boonies is just that much less likely to appear
an attractive destination.
For example, why fer gawds sakes would anyone look for advanced
civilizations in the wastes of the central Sahara or the Gobi Deserts
when its so much easier to get around along the Nile, the Euphrates, the
Indus, and the Yangtse.
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