[extropy-chat] The Drake Equation and Spatial Proximity.

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 02:53:39 UTC 2006

On 10/24/06, John K Clark <jonkc at att.net> wrote:
> This astronomical discrepancy between theory and experiment needs
> explaining, and the Star Trek prime directive just doesn't hack it.
> > wouldn't it make sense that advanced intelligence would rather tend to
> > focus on inwardly increasing complexity?
> Certainly, but that supports my ideas not yours. You can make more complex
> things with 4 atoms than you can with 2, you can make more complex things
> with 8 atoms than you can with 4, you can make more complex things with 16
> atoms.. well you get the idea.

Since you mentioned Star Trek... Are you willing to entertain a spin on Star
Wars' "Force" - In episode 1, there is brief mention of "midiclorions" -
They sounded to me like some kind of subatomic nanites (ok, use whatever
made-up terminology; it makes no difference)  If the "Force" is an example
of one of these inwardly-increasing complexity civilizations, they could as
easily manifest macro-scale effects as you could affect the flow of water
through a stream by throwing in a large rock.  "They" (collectively each one
of 'them' who is not 'us') may be all around or even pervade us with little
concern.  Maybe that's why we can't find them - their omnipresence eludes us
in the same way we eventually stop smelling the aromas filling the kitchen
we're in.
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