Re: Our rocky solar system may be rare

J. R. Molloy (
Sat, 11 Sep 1999 17:40:33 -0700

Robert J. Bradbury wrote,
>The argument that intelligent life is rare or "apparently"
>absent are totally and completely *specious*.

I understand that, but until an ETI is actually discovered, the argument that they exist seems equally specious.

>I dealt with this extensively in SETI@home discussions in
>mid-late July. Fundamentally it comes down to the fact
>that we do not have the nano-capabilities to detect
>nanobots if they are here and we either do not have or only
>barely have the astronomical capabilities to detect SIs in space
>and to detect them you would have to look in "counterintuitive"
>locations (where we don't see stars).

Yes, difficult to find those little beasties.

>The only statements that can be made with putting yourself squarely
>in the swamp is: "We don't see aliens that are our size nearby
>(literally walking around on earth)" and "Aliens do not appear
>to have restructured or consumed *all* of the stars in the galaxy".

Odds are we'll find 'em if they're about. After all, we've only just begun to look. Thanks for your perspective.

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