> 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.
Not only galaxy, but our galactic neighbourhood (and beyond?). The
only good explanation for the Fermi paradoxon is imo still very thin
life nucleation density, and more or less simultaneous hatching
(heavier elements needing nucleosynthesis). Meaning, we're outside of
expansive aliens' light cone. Since expansive aliens expand with
speeds near to relativistic, there is obviously very little warning,
before the expansion front hits out system.
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