Why Aliens Haven’t Contacted Us?
March 28, 2010 3 Comments
Many answers have been proposed for this perennial conundrum, along the lines of the low likelihood of the evolution of intelligence, the extremely dispersed nature of star-systems, or suspicions of cosmic conspiracy in which the aliens are hiding from us because we’re too nasty. Although some claim that we have, indeed, been contacted from BEYOND, I feel the evidence here is wooly and not scientifically admissable. However, my new solution provides a more coherent and satisfying response.
One of the prevalent trends of our civilization is that of MINATURIZATION. As time goes on, things become smaller and smaller. We can see this in the development of such current novelties as the coffin-sized hotel room, the palm-sized microwave oven, and the so-called “ear computer”: but today’s miracle gadgets will rapidly become tomorrow’s commonplaces. As the necessary volume for things to exist in becomes less, a coherent civilization must necessarily shrink, drawing closer together to minimize communication problems: tiny wires are more susceptible to being broken. Incoherent civilizations simply blow themselves to bits, so that takes care of that.
Let us imagine this kind of shrinkage is occuring for our hypothetical aliens. We see that as the process progresses, it will eventually be convenient for a civilization to place itself within a shell of some sort, as naturally occuring events such as rainstorms will frequently threaten to wipe it out: location in an arid zone would only be a temporary solution to this dilemma. Once enshelled, a civilization has little incentive to contact anything outside of itself. I would imagine that at the current rate of development of our own civilization, we will be the size of a speck of dust, and covered with a chitinous coating, at some point within the next 200 years!
Hand-in-hand with minaturization comes an escalation in rapidity. It is well known that small things move faster in general than big things, because there is less matter to be propelled about. We can see how civilization around us is speeding up as minaturization takes effect by considering the rapid increase in the amount of rubbish human beings produce on average: in 1600 this approximated 4kg per person per annum, wheras in 2000 it will be on the order of 400 tonnes
per person per annum. This vast escalation in the amount of obsolescent material in the world indicates the rapidity with which
things are, in general, used: it is especially surprising when we note that most of those things are SMALLER than they used to be. The level of acceleration this required is literally incredible.
Extrapolation of these two trends together leads to the conclusion that intelligent aliens are very probably microscopic, yet are developing extremely rapidly. This suggests that societal fragmentation will be rapid within these specks, leading to splitting off of components: thus the speck will rapidly disintegrate to finer and finer pieces of powder. As this shrinkage occurs, the likelihood
that a journey through interstellar space will occur decreases, as the amount of space that has to be traversed becomes proportionally much greater!