> The key feature of that standard SF scenario is "overpopulated", which
> seems to imply real resource constraints, which also seems to imply
> the desire to use available resources. Restraining reproduction because
> of limited resources is one thing, restraining reproduction given abundant
> available resources seems quite another.
Yes, that's a good point. It would seem difficult to sustain a consensus
against reproduction until overpopulation becomes a problem. So this
would not be a good explanation of why the galaxy seems so empty.
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