Re: poly: Is our lightcone is uninhabited except for us?

From: CurtAdams <>
Date: Mon Dec 15 1997 - 18:55:11 PST

In a message dated 12/15/97 7:25:11 PM, wrote:

>Consider the possibility that the fastest means of space traversal is
>through a wormhole/blackhole-ish means. However, your technology really
>only allows you to exploit these phenomena in a fairly limited fashion
>(i.e. you can use them, but you can't make them or control them to any
>significant extent). Your civilization has decent sub-c capability, but
>nothing too fast because of the resource requirements and potential for
>accumulating damage.

Even "slow" speeds are pretty fast at the timescales under consideration.
A culture expanding at .001c still fills the Milky Way in 100 million
years, less than 1/100 the age of the universe. If there's anybody
out there, they're basically hiding - using Dyson spheres radiating at
barely above background radiation, and deliberately leaving a wide
variety of stars uncolonized.
Received on Tue Dec 16 02:48:25 1997

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