Re: Our rocky solar system may be rare

Brian Manning Delaney (
Sat, 11 Sep 1999 12:58:04 -0700

"J. R. Molloy" wrote:
> Brian Manning Delaney wrote,

> >> I don't see that the rarity of intelligent
> >> life lowers the risk that we'll self-annihilate.

>> Moi, I just meant that it increases
>> the probability that the apparent
>> absence of aliens has causes that aren't the
>> self-annihilation of technical cultures, ergo....

> If the absence of aliens is only
> "apparent" then it neither confirms nor
> contradicts speculation about possible
> causes of absence.

  1. "Apparent" /=/ "only apparent" in the sense of "not real."
  2. There are positions other than "confirm" and "contradict," such as: "lend X weight to."

Weren't you goin' fishin'?!


Brian Manning Delaney
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