View Full Version : Are We The Galaxy's Dumbest Civilization?

2002-Jan-31, 01:47 PM
Inquiring minds want to know (http://www.space.com/searchforlife/seti_dumbest_020131.html)

2002-Jan-31, 03:10 PM
On 2002-01-31 08:47, ToSeek wrote:
Inquiring minds want to know (http://www.space.com/searchforlife/seti_dumbest_020131.html)

Here's a nice quote from my good friend Freidrich Nietzsche: "In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems, there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. That was the haughtiest and most mendacious minute of 'world history' -- yet only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die."

That quote always makes me smile.

2002-Jan-31, 07:57 PM
It would explain why no civilization has tried to contact us.

2002-Jan-31, 08:27 PM
I read somewhere (maybe it was in the best humor on usenet forum) near the time of the Y2K software problem, that an indicator of a really dumb civilization would be if the period of rotation of the planet was a precise, even multiple of the period of revolution about its star.