Many intellectual leaders of our age, including Stephen Hawking, say that the idea behind Active SETI should be avoided at all cost, but co-founder and former director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute, Jill Tarter, pointed out a serious flaw in Hawking’s philosophy.
While Hawking fears that giving aliens our cosmic address could potentially bring death and ruin — much like what happened to many groups of Native Americans when Europeans invaded North America — Tarter thinks that aliens advanced enough to skip across star systems and reach Earth will be friendly, not aggressive.
“The idea of a civilization which has managed to survive far longer than we have … and the fact that that technology remains an aggressive one, to me, doesn’t make sense,” Tarter told Business Insider. “The pressure of long-term survival — of limiting population … I think requires that the evolutionary trends that ratcheted up our intelligence … continues to evolve into something that’s cooperative and take on global scale problems.”
It is survival of the fittest. A race which has been around millions of years could easily have had numerous periods when resources or space grew short, and only the fittest survived because they killed back the less fit – and did it in a workman-like fashion to further the survival of their own. Space travel, high technology, and colonization of distant lands might alleviate that somewhat, but that would mean they would be a colonizer species, not exactly the kind of guests who you want to invite to your lush, perfectly comfortable home world, if you are helpless to defend yourself.
1.The Pacification Process: Pinker describes this as the transition from “the anarchy of hunting, gathering, and horticultural societies … to the first agricultural civilizations… which brought “a reduction in the chronic raiding and feuding that characterized life in a state of nature…”
2.The Civilizing Process… “attributed this surprising decline [in violence] to the consolidation of a patchwork of feudal territories into large kingdoms with centralized authority and an infrastructure on commerce.”
3.The Humanitarian Revolution – “unfolded on the [shorter] scale of centuries and took off around the time of the Age of Reason and the European Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries.”
4.The Long Peace: This fourth “major transition,” Pinker says, “took place after the end of World War II.” During it, he says, “the great powers, and the developed states in general, have stopped waging war on one another.”
5.The New Peace… “since the end of the Cold War in 1989, organized conflicts of all kinds – civil wars, genocides, repression by autocratic governments, and terrorist attacks – have declined throughout the world.”
6.The Rights Revolutions: The postwar period has seen, Pinker argues, “a growing revulsion against aggression on smaller scales, including violence against ethnic minorities, women, children, homosexuals, and animals.
And just like that, magically, we became a species of peaceful, non-violent pacifists, and the changes are a permanent natural evolution that just happens to every highly-evolving species.
Nowhere does anyone consider what the agricultural revolution did to resource availability, or what Y. pestis did to strengthen the ease and wealth by removing lower-earning individuals and consolidating familial wealth, or how advancing science increases total resource availability, or the idea that humans might just be more peaceful because in most parts of the world it is nearly impossible to be denied food, housing, comfort, healthcare, and a myriad of other dopaminergic stimuli. Nobody even talks about the neurological root of it all – the amygdala.
What is really amazing is to look at all the accolades that pacifist book got for telling liberal rabbits exactly what they want to hear. People can’t stop raving about a book whose fundamental premise is ridiculous on its face to anyone who understands r/K Selection Theory.
Let us reproduce up to a level where food, ease, and housing are not guaranteed, or let the societal and/or economic structure break down and produce the same effect, and suddenly safety will not be guaranteed either. Once all of those are not guaranteed, the human machine is designed to transition to a more warrior-esque form.
As reassuring as that book was to the rabbits, is as terrifying as our present path of debt spending should be to everyone. Both our economic house and our governmental/civil structure have been turned into houses of cards on foundations of sand. We have been placed on an inevitable collision course with an economic implosion that will utterly destroy much of why the world today looks so nice.
I wonder how many awards this site will get from the rabbits for pointing that out.