Permanence - An Adaptationist Solution to Fermis Paradox

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M.M. Cirkovic (2005), JBIS, 58, 62-70

Refcode: 2005.58.62
Keywords: Astrobiology, extraterrestrial intelligence, Galaxy

A new solution of Fermi's paradox sketched by SF writer Karl Schroeder in his 2002. novel Permanence is investigated. It is argued that this solution is tightly connected with adaptationism - a widely discussed working hypothesis in evolutionary biology. Schroeder's hypothesis has important ramifications for astrobiology, SETI projects, and future studies. Its weaknesses should be explored without succumbing to the emotional reactions often accompanying adaptationist explanations.

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