Re: Burning the Cosmic Commons

Wei Dai (
Thu, 26 Mar 1998 16:33:07 -0800

On Mon, Mar 23, 1998 at 10:14:30AM -0800, Robin Hanson wrote:
> >If large areas of the colonization wavefront are composed of colonists
> >that share common ancestry, property right violations might occur only
> >in the borders between such areas.
> This might make it easier to enforce property rights within a region,
> but regions should still fear falling too far behind competing neighboring
> regions. So a pressure for maximum speed still seems to apply.

Wouldn't this pressure only apply at the borders? As each region
concentrates its resources on its border, the interiors of such regions
might be relatively untouched by the colonization wave. Perhaps that would
explain why we haven't observed a colonization wave.