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  •  Intelligence might be overrated (11+ / 0-)

    What we call "human civilization" is only 8000 years old, only about 5% of the history of the species. But, since this is the only way of life we know, we think it's the only way it can be. We may be wrong. It's possible that our technology based culture will prove to be an 8000 year aberration, a failed experiment.

    I'm reminded of the wonderful line in Harvey. "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You mention the singularity, but I wonder if the real singularity might be the one involving the carrying capacity of the planet, due to our own attempts at being smart.

    I wonder if a different cultural paradigm, based on something other than being smart, might be a more successful model. If so, the solution to the Fermi Paradox might be that the kind of ET that might be contactable by technology is precisely the kind that is least likely to succeed as a species.

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