Thursday, December 3, 2015

Burst 10 - Nick Nielsen on the Wilderness Hypothesis

Released: 3 December 2015
Duration: 13 minutes, 43 seconds

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Is the cosmos a trackless wilderness in which apex predators, in the form of advanced extraterrestrial intelligences (ETIs), roam at will, and vulnerable civilizations (like ours) learn to maintain a low profile? Nick Nielsen considers some variations on the theme of the 'zoo hypothesis' of John Ball, each being a response to the Fermi paradox, and how we might prefer to 'play dead' as a civilization given the potential dangers of the cosmos primeval.


The Zoo Hypothesis by John Ball (PDF)
The Wilderness Hypothesis post at the Grand Strategy Annex
Another Astrobiological Thought Experiment and a Comment Response
If the Universe is Teeming with Aliens, Where is Everybody?
Observational Signatures of Self Destructive Civilizations
The Cosmos Primeval


Writer and Presenter: Nick Nielsen
Producer: Paul Carr
Music: Jason Robinson

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