Carbon Emissions and the Fermi Paradox

by Volker Weber


The blue line depicts our carbon emissions. The red line is the course we would need to steer. And it does not look like we might succeed. Maybe other civilizations ran into the same problem elsewhere.

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Your Fermi paradox is a circular link :-)

Ben Poole, 2019-07-26

I fear that red line should be a lot steeper actually regarding what's happening at the permafrost areas at the moment.

Oliver Regelmann, 2019-07-26

The wikipedia article on the Fermi-Paradox only briefly points at one of the important questions around the Great Filter theory which arose from it: Is there an evolutionary law by which all intelligent forms of life are doomed?

Good read on this topic is also "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed" by Jared Diamond who examines the different kinds of conditions under which human societies can get trapped in patterns of self destructive behaviour.

Lucius Bobikiewicz, 2019-07-26

No one likes decreasing charts. Charts have always to increase.

Seriously, as long as our world is divided into countries and nations, with governments only interested in economic success and growth, the blue line will never decrease.
This is a global problem that needs to be solved by global cooperation. But it looks like humans are not able to do so.

This is a failure by design. In former times only the strong survived. So deep in our genes we are all lone warriors.
This design failure may affect the whole universe. So every species that is strong enough to rise above other species may become extinct, as they can not cooperate to solve the self-made real world problems.
Thinking about it, it is maybe not even a design failure...

Looks like it's getting philosophic here...

Manfred Wiktorin, 2019-07-26

Getting past the childhood stage is quite hard without parenting.

But also, considering that of all that evolution, only the last 500 million years saw complex multicellular life forms and out of that only one species is in the position to figure out if there’s someone else out there very recently, it might be that life is abundant, but intelligence not.

Frank Quednau, 2019-07-26

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