Why Aliens Aren’t Among Us

Posted in interesting by R Bucao on February 10, 2010

Night Sky from NASA

Geoffrey Miller’s analysis on why we haven’t met any aliens seems far-out, but it makes sense once you take normal human behavior into consideration. It does have a problem though, because it assumes that aliens think the same as ourselves, a claim that maybe too difficult to verify.

Here’s an excerpt:

I suggest a different, even darker solution to the [Fermi] Paradox. Basically, I think the aliens don’t blow themselves up; they just get addicted to computer games. They forget to send radio signals or colonize space because they’re too busy with runaway consumerism and virtual-reality narcissism. They don’t need Sentinels to enslave them in a Matrix; they do it to themselves, just as we are doing today. Once they turn inwards to chase their shiny pennies of pleasure, they lose the cosmic plot. They become like a self-stimulating rat, pressing a bar to deliver electricity to its brain’s ventral tegmental area, which stimulates its nucleus accumbens to release dopamine, which feels…ever so good.

My take: the jury’s still out on this one.

[Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens via Seed Magazine]

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