X-Message-Number: 5276
From:  (David Stodolsky)
Subject: Re: singularity
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 95 22:29:30 +0100

In Regards to your letter <>:
> There are many other possibilities. Personally, I think it is extremely
> significant that no superbeings have (as far as I know) manifested themselves
> to us. This, along with other features of our world, make it virtually
> certain that the underlying nature of things, if we ever discover it,  will
> prove extremely strange. And quite likely the universe is not user-friendly.

The "zoo" hypothesis is currently hot. This says that superbeings

have agreed that they shall not interfere with development of new civilizations.
This seems to require faster than light travel (e. g., "wormholes")
or it would be impossible for the various civilizations of superbeings
to communicate across galactic distances and enforce such agreements.

And, no doubt these superbeings have achieved effective immortality,
but will not tell us how to do it (until we figure out how to ask, at least).
Pretty irritating.


David S. Stodolsky      Euromath Center     University of Copenhagen
   Tel.: +45 38 33 03 30   Fax: +45 38 33 88 80 (C)

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