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by yevoc
Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A Moore's law for life in the universe?
Replies: 19
Views: 3978

Re: A Moore's law for life in the universe?

Genome size is complexity now? I've done a large amount of work with genetic algorithms, and in my experience, this is true enough. Especially when the genetic sequence isn't overly large. When the sequence is large, then a large portion of the sequence ossifies, and evolution occurs more on a subs...
by yevoc
Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A Moore's law for life in the universe?
Replies: 19
Views: 3978

Re: A Moore's law for life in the universe?

Similar thoughts have occurred elsewhere...[wall of copypasta] I.E. the universe being what it is, similar evolutionary scales and etc. may actually be quite likely. That being said I don't think "genetic complexity" is necessarily the correct term. Perhaps "behavioral complexity and...
by yevoc
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A Moore's law for life in the universe?
Replies: 19
Views: 3978

A Moore's law for life in the universe?

Interesting idea/publication I came across done by geneticists: Putting genetic complexity vs time on a logarithmic graph reveals an exponential increase over time. That may not be too surprising for those of us who've seen enough log graphs of life-complexity and human achievement vs time, but the ...
by yevoc
Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

This isn't some conspiracy of the ivory tower or elitism or narrow minded folk to keep your brilliant idea down, this is your idea having a bunch of significant holes in it that make it less feasible than you think it is. I was not accusing anyone of not testing a theory out of elitism or conspirac...
by yevoc
Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

Astro and xenobiology have had some pretty intelligent minds thinking about these things. I don't think there's really any reason to think they'd be so horrendously alien that there's nothing worth talking about; if they're interested in exploration or getting out, that's something we have in commo...
by yevoc
Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

a string of plasma is capable of carrying information, but 'being like a wire' doesn't mean it's 'lifelike'. More of the fact that it is able to maintain its shape and propagate through space, as well as split into multiple shards that also maintain themselves before splitting as well. Now that I'v...
by yevoc
Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

But during those minutes almost all of the He-4 in the universe today was produced: about 8% by number of atoms or 25% by mass Did I say percent by mass? If so, then yes, I was wrong. My memory was that hydrogen is sitting in the low 90s of percent of the universe by atom count. Perhaps that is a b...
by yevoc
Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

Izawwlgood wrote:You're still talking about detecting signs of civilization though, not just signs of life, right?


Either. Take your pick. I never really made a distinction between the two.
by yevoc
Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

Once again, no. Your statement is a non sequitur relative to the normal Fermi Paradox. I disagree, because in my understanding of Fermi's original conversation with his colleagues, when he blurted out "where are they???", he was referring to extra-terrestrials in general. If we had discov...
by yevoc
Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

As Xanthir has pointed out, unless you are proposing that these non-carbon beings are preventing other life evolving, then you've added to Fermi rather than solved it (or am I missing something?). You're not missing something. You're right, and I acknowledge that I'm now getting dogpiled by that fa...
by yevoc
Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

I have to ask, what is your background in biology or physics? B.S. in Computer Engineering. M.S. in Electrical Engineering (should've been called Optical Engineering) minor in Artificial Intelligence. PhD in Photonics Engineering with a heavy emphasis on materials science and solid state physics, b...
by yevoc
Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

The second point to the second point is that our evolution and civilization is based on a lot of high numbered periodic table elements. Elements that may well need to exist in something like the quantities that they do, elements that have taken billions of years of repeated star formation and fusio...
by yevoc
Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

I think, though, that you (yevoc) might be experiencing an illusion of carbon chauvinism. If it is an illusion, it's a very powerful one that appears to be ubiquitous, as the overwhelming majority of discussion on this topic (like the above post trying to link sophisticated life to heavy elements),...
by yevoc
Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

Perhaps you should read up on astrobiology? It's a very theoretical branch of biology, but it's not quite as handwavy as you seem to think things are. Everything I've ever found on astro,xeno, or exobiology very heavily (if not completely) relies on the study of bacertia, viruses, and/or hydrocarbo...
by yevoc
Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Re: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

Valid points, I admit. The main thrust of my proposal is to illustrate how ridiculously narrow our definition of life currently is. Once you appreciate the scope, our null results in SETI aren't nearly so disturbing. It's like taking a large digital picture, choosing a pixel at random, then searchin...
by yevoc
Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?
Replies: 35
Views: 4398

Fermi's Paradox: Is life actually everywhere?

I've been itching to discuss/post this idea for quite some time, and the recent xkcd comic about Fermi's Paradox has led me here. Since I'd really like some high quality feedback on my particular slant to the connundrum (which I also consider slightly tangent to Randall's comic), this seemed the rig...

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