Re: >H The Great Filter

Eugene Leitl (
Mon, 26 Aug 1996 15:28:16 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sun, 25 Aug 1996, Twirlip of Greymist wrote:

> [...]
> I forgot to mention my favorite solution to the Fermi Paradox when
> talking with Robin, though. They _are_ out there. They're being very,
> very quiet. So as not to disturb us? No. Because they've all evolved
> into Sagan's passive non-expansionists? No.
> Because they're scared silly (or rather, silent) of the berserkers.
> [...]

What can a stellar attacker gain from attacking a budding, or, a mature
civilization? If he's after information, he can obtain it inobtrusively
or trade for it (not that he has any use for this information, probably).
If he's after matter/energy, there are lots of virgin systems, that much we
know from astronomical data. What for, then?