Galaxy brain problem

Philip Witham (
Tue, 19 Aug 1997 13:53:19 -0700 (PDT)

The benefits of concentrating your galaxy's mass to the center, and the
time involved in doing this, has a side effect: civilizations that
started out near the core get the jump on us laggards out here in the
boondocks! (shorter time to reach mass of complete galaxy, if you start
from center). How annoying to start building your galactic empire only to
learn you never had a chance.

This leads to an interesting variation on Keith Henson's Far Edge Party:
Send out invitations to each star system in the form of basic seeds for
the formation of life. Kick back and wait for a few billion years, in
your galactic core easy chair, and all sorts of interesting and odd
intellegent creatures show up of their own volition, after independantly
deciding that the core is the place to be.

They bring their stellar mass with them, of course, this is a BYOS party.