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Jack comments on Max Tegmark on our place in history: "We're Not Insignificant After All" - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Jack 04 January 2010 03:33:23PM 2 points [-]

I think wireheading, religious seclusion or some other memetic effect could keep them from expanding. I get that there is a selection effect in favor of expansionism but I think aliens could be weird enough that the entire range of variability is within isolationist boundaries. Besides, if you think the aliens can all agree to stop expanding to hide from theoretical simulators then I don't see why some other meme couldn't do the trick too.

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Comment author: Jordan 06 January 2010 08:42:59AM 1 point [-]

If the simulators are looking for intelligent life, then they may be removing it when they find it, to allow the rest of the universe to continue on producing other original life forms. Then, there would be intelligent life in hiding, and other intelligent life would be selected against.