- Apr 1, 2010
I think the Fermi paradox is a pretty bad example of the title phenomenon. It's an incredibly complex question that depends on a number of factors we have to just guess at. Actual experts have come to dozens of different incompatible resolutions and nobody has any idea who is right. I don't think anyone's opinions on the Fermi paradox could make me think they were stupid unless they argued that we haven't found aliens because the Earth is flat and space doesn't exist or something.
I don't think it's necessarily that bad to live in a world where people aren't always nice. People like to set up this dichotomy, like, will we achieve a totally unified pacifist communist Star Trek future or will the universe be ruled by eternal war and oppression? The truth is probably somewhere in between. Cyberpunk is more interesting than space fantasy anyway.Of course, this evolved, fiercely competitive side of us is also the reason we've been able to become the dominant species on the Earth, but I guess the question is, is this drive for more resources and more knowledge, to fight to survive in a harsh and amoral universe, inseparable from our tendencies towards violence and conflict with each other? I hope it is, but I think it's also possible it isn't.