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Re: Re: starship-design: RE: Bugs again

In a message dated 10/14/98 6:27:35 PM, nlindber@u.washington.edu wrote:

>I have a question for the group.  Barring putting a science fiction writer
>in the engineering spaces of every starship, is a class III civilization
>even concievable?  Even if a society could scatter itself throughout the
>galaxy, the light barrier would prevent the kind of cultural cohesion
>required to keep them a unified "civilization" or even on the same
>evolutionary track.
>Best Regards,
>Nels Lindberg

Light speed is a wall to us, but more advance civilizations will use more
advanced physics.  Even now our physics no longer bars FTL, just doesn't know
how to do it technically, or why it wouldn't cause nasty time paradoxes.


>On Wed, 14 Oct 1998, Kyle R. Mcallister wrote:
>> L. Parker wrote:
>> > 
>> > Chris,
>> > 
>> > Let us hope the whole galaxy doesn't subscribe to the survival of the
>> > fittest philosophy, we may just run into another intelligent species
>> > is more fit...
>> Think about this the next time you step on an ant colony that has done
>> nothing to you. Picture yourself as the big type III civilization, and
>> they as humans. Now on the other hand, if the ants come into your house
>> and/or bite you, by all means get the raid ;)
>> Lets hope that most alien civilizations would be more willing to look at
>> us from a distance, rather than interfere with us in a particularly
>> nasty way.
>> Kyle R. Mcallister