From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2012 20:05:23 +0100 Archived: Tue, 03 Jul 2012 09:37:42 -0400 Subject: Types Of Aliens To Expect? Hello List There's an idea among some mathematicians that all mathematical objects - the great universal patterns and non-algorithmic truths - exist perpetually in another realm, awaiting discovery by thinkers. It's usually attributed to Plato so is referred to as mathematical Platonism (Penrose 1989, 2004). A.R Wallace, the real discoverer of evolution, proposed an extension to his theory - that above a threshold of conscious intelligence, evolution of that intelligence will follow a different (and perhaps universal) pattern. We could maybe label that concept as evolutionary Platonism. [As S.J Gould has illustrated, simpler evolution is largely contingent - dependent on long series of accidents. I.e. some dinosaurs, minus that comet or asteroid impact, might well have evolved into civilizations equal or superior to ours.] If evolutionary Platonism is true universally, does this tell us anything about the types of alien intelligences we confront, now or in the future? We can only try to extrapolate from a single instance - humans. The good news is that the mass of humanity is inclined towards co-operation, kindness and altruism, although, being ignorant of causes and outcomes, that mass is rather easily led astray by fears or by demagogues. However throughout history there has existed a tiny minority of thinkers or philosophers (including a few physical scientists) who have found that ethical altruism, divorced from violence, racialism or greed, is a long-term survival attribute. Those thinkers have strong ethics supported by logic and are mainly to be found at the hedgerow or the ivory tower, i.e. traditional or academic settings, although they are a minority even there. Unfortunately for our galactic aspirations, we can't expect to be inter-acting with such thinkers. From our own example the wise ones also tend to be powerless and isolated. Again from our own example, those who wielding most power are those with the strongest motives: the ignorant, the greedy and the murderous. We see that throughout history and around us today, in our political, military and financial / industrial rulers. So those are the types we can expect to meet, as foretold by Charles Fort (there is some evidence, from medieval times, that there were squabbles among them, leading to battles in the skies of Earth). That is a pity, considering that we Earthlings are probably seen by them as mere wild-life or cattle. Because we know how the greedy among us treat our own wild-life and cattle. Cheers Ray D Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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