From: "Amara Graps" <email@example.com>
> You might be interested to know that some (or many) astronomers are
> treating the Rare Earth book with a fair bit of criticism.
As well they should...
...and as for the so-called "Fermi Paradox":
"It is one of the greatest conceits of mankind to believe that the aliens
which are out there using technology incredible enough to allow them to pass
through the vast reaches of space would be interested in visiting us."
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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI
We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.
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