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Colonization is so second millennium

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In a post discussing “The Great Filter” and other related issues, I finally came across a comment that reflected my views: Possibility 3) The entire concept of physical colonization is a hilariously backward concept to a more advanced species. Remember the picture of the Type II Civilization above with the sphere around their star? With all that energy, they might have created a perfect environment for themselves that satisfies their every need. They might have crazy-advanced ways of reducing their need for resources and zero interest in leaving their happy utopia to explore the cold, empty, undeveloped universe.An even more advanced civilization might view the entire physical world as a horribly primitive place, having long ago conquered their own biology and uploaded

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In a post discussing “The Great Filter” and other related issues, I finally came across a comment that reflected my views:

Possibility 3) The entire concept of physical colonization is a hilariously backward concept to a more advanced species. Remember the picture of the Type II Civilization above with the sphere around their star? With all that energy, they might have created a perfect environment for themselves that satisfies their every need. They might have crazy-advanced ways of reducing their need for resources and zero interest in leaving their happy utopia to explore the cold, empty, undeveloped universe.

An even more advanced civilization might view the entire physical world as a horribly primitive place, having long ago conquered their own biology and uploaded their brains to a virtual reality, eternal-life paradise. Living in the physical world of biology, mortality, wants, and needs might seem to them the way we view primitive ocean species living in the frigid, dark sea. FYI, thinking about another life form having bested mortality makes me incredibly jealous and upset.

I doubt they’ll abandon the physical world, but otherwise I agree.

These sci-fi movies about people zooming around the universe are not futuristic, they are nostalgic for a era of exploration and colonization that is now hopelessly outdated. (Only the film 2001 gets it right.)

You say you want the thrill of exploring the unknown? In the future the easiest way to fulfill that desire will be through the manipulation of the brain. Nietzsche will lose out to the utilitarians.

Colonization is so second millennium


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Scott Sumner
Scott B. Sumner is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, the Director of the Program on Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an economist who teaches at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. His economics blog, The Money Illusion, popularized the idea of nominal GDP targeting, which says that the Fed should target nominal GDP—i.e., real GDP growth plus the rate of inflation—to better "induce the correct level of business investment".

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