Re: poly: Re: ESS for HPLD

From: Perry E. Metzger <>
Date: Fri Dec 05 1997 - 13:15:29 PST

Robin Hanson writes:
> Carl F. considers technological statis among competing entities expanding
> out to colonize the universe, jumping from oasis (e.g. star sys) to oasis.
> Carl F. assumes an evolutionary pressure for maximum speed (which Carl A.
> questions) and shows a example calculation of optimal jumping distance.
> I didn't follow his analysis - I think he needs to give more explicit math.
> But I found the question interesting enough to do my own analysis.

I have a slight problem with the analysis.

The Earth is a nice example of the problem in miniature, and we indeed
*do* see living things almost anywhere that sterilizing methods
haven't been applied. HOWEVER, we don't see a planet filled with
maximally destructive creatures decimating everything in their
path. Why?

Received on Fri Dec 5 13:15:40 1997

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