Re: [>Htech] Re: Fermi Paradox in the news

Date: Fri Oct 27 2000 - 21:32:35 MDT

It seems that Nick Bostrom's replacing of the Anthropic Principles with his
Observational Selection Effects and Probability, His Doctoral Thesis, makes
ETI even less likely. I, myself, suspect that ETI is likely there, but with
our limited equipment, we stand a low likelihood that any signal will be
identified as such.

in a message dated 10/27/2000 10:27:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< think I'm responding to Nick Bostrom, following some discussion
 by Jason Thompson & Hal Finney, but I'm not sure given the
 forwarding this went through.
>But finding a second source of intelligent life, in our relative vicinity,
>would dramatically boost the support for those theories which say that
>intelligent life is common. (My PhD thesis at
> has more on this and many other
>related topics.)
 I think you may need to refine the term "intelligent life" a bit. A pretty
 good case can be made that dolphins, whales, and even perhaps other
 primates are as "intelligent" as we are. What they lack is a system
 for recording and transmitting knowledge across generations. I think the
 human ability to do this is what makes us interesting. So, you want
 to really focus on the development of intelligent "technological" life.
 Of interest, might also be species, that are much less intelligent, but
 do develop the ability to archive information, then retreive and manipulate
 it. Hive minds of insects that developed external information storage
 technologies might be very interesting. I believe there was
 an example of this in Permutation City. >>

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