Re: Gamma Ray Bursters

Michael Lorrey (
Sat, 03 May 1997 12:54:17 -0400

John K Clark wrote:
> On Fri, 2 May 1997 Wrote:
> >Speaking of GRBs, does anyone think the phenomenon could be
> >something created by advanced civilizations for the purpose of
> >energy uses, or something like that?
> If the Gamma Ray Bursters are the product of intelligence, it looks more like
> a horrible miscalculation than a energy project to me. I very much doubt that
> the signature of an advanced civilization would be anything super hot like
> Gamma Rays, because that would be very inefficient. I think that waste heat
> would probably be in the infra red, just a little above the 3 degree
> background black body radiation.

I concur. Outside of waste heat and carbon dioxide, at least on this
planet, it is a recognised pattern that as a society becomes more
advanced economically and technologically past the early industrial
stage, the per capita amount of waste and pollution produced goes down.
The turnaround point is somewhere around a per capital income level of
$8,000.00 per year. Once you get to that point as a nation, your average
personal pollution goes down.

Extrapolating this, considering that gamma rays are about the nastiest
form of pollution one could produce, I highly doubt that a highly
advanced civilization would be party to widespread pollution of parsecs
of space by gamma ray bursts.

			Michael Lorrey
------------------------------------------------------------		Inventor of the Lorrey Drive

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