I recently saw a vid on why we haven’t encountered any signs of intelligent life in the universe. I can’t cite any reference on the web regarding this information (sorry to say). Hopefully one of the commenters can fill in the gaps.
Regardless, the gist of the vid was this: The reason why we haven’t detected signs of (hyper) intelligent life is because they suffer the same problems we do: planned organic obsolescence. The vid referenced a concept that Ray Kurzweil had thrown forth: all universal life goes through a series of evolutionary stages.
* Stage 0: Biological evolution. Chaos. Where we are right now.
* Stage 1: Complete mastery of planetary energy
* Stage 2: Complete mastery of the solar system energy
* Stage 3: Complete mastery of galactic energy
* Stage4: Complete mastery of universal energy
Stage 1 is the most interesting to us as a species. Mastery of planetary energy does not refer only to raw energy production. It also refers to human capability. In other words, if all humans suddenly began working in unison, destroyed all borders, and removed all racial/social constructs, what could we achieve?
In this theory, the reason we haven’t seen any signs of intelligent life is because all life in the universe suffers from the same inane issues we do: pettiness, greed, corruption, competition, and ignorance. Just as the Romans, the British, The Mongols, Aztecs, Mayans, etc etc etc, we keep falling backwards. We never reach the level of unity required to reach Stage 1.
Why can’t we, as a species, achieve stage 1? Considering the awesome benefits which would be at our finger tips, why do we avoid transcendence with such vigor? I suggest the reason may be that we are biologically motivated to not step beyond our self imposed boundaries. It’s a very convenient way to keep the territories of animals in tact with nature. Fear of the unknown. Fear of our own success. Fear. How do we rid ourselves of fear?
That is what I’ve been pondering. How do we rid ourselves of, well, human nature? Where do we attack the problem? What exactly is the problem? How do we achieve Stage 1? Do we want to? So many questions and no answers.
One thing is for sure, we have no direction. We think from day to day while genus’s like Kurzweil see what we do not…hope.