“Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens”

April 15, 2010

Holy wow.  This article really rocks my world:

It’s about how other intelligent species in the universe may just die out because they eventually discover XBoxes, junk food and pornography, leading to…

Most bright alien species probably go extinct gradually, allocating more time and resources to their pleasures, and less to their children. They eventually die out when the game behind all games—the Game of Life—says “Game Over; you are out of lives and you forgot to reproduce.

(Which I sure as hell can identify with, believe you me.)

It then points to how underdog “faith groups” like Christianity or Islam might build up resistances and carry the torch in the end.  WwwwwwWOW.

4 Responses to ““Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens””

  1. craigrmeyer Says:

    It reminds me of the big spaceship cities in Wall-E. They didn’t put out anything but trash.

  2. Rose Says:

    Very interesting from a Western point of view, but we need about 2 billion fewer people on the planet for its resources to sustain a human population. That said, more time playing with live kids is less resource intensive than a new gamut of electronic toys every few months. It’s just that we don’t all need our own kids.

  3. craigrmeyer Says:

    Ah, BUT:

    Perhaps spending our lives jacked into video games is becoming the only affordable way to go. If I’m lying in a little box engaging in 3D VR pornography all day, or what have you, then I’m using very very few natural resources indeed. Minimum food, minimum energy, etc.

    Perhaps it could be said that this demographic already exists, and is growing to take up a bigger and bigger share of humanity.

    And that’s what weird me out: That such a Matrix-esque existence could be the only affordable way to accommodate all these people.

  4. J.M. Says:

    Maybe that would be because most of humanity cannot be smarter than that, otherwise we would be pressing for lunar colonies, since we “need” more space to accomodate people.

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