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If there isn’t already something out there “bigger” than us, then isn’t humanity likely to go extinct?

In Micah Redding’s “Minimum Viable Theology” he remarks:

If we assume that there’s someone bigger out there, then our reality has no ceiling.

…This conclusion is nothing more than a simple consideration of the nature of time, space, and probability. If you have an intelligent designer around, life can be created non-randomly. But even chance gets around to things eventually—whether that’s monkeys churning out the works of Shakespeare, or the spontaneous emergence of super-intelligent life. All chance needs is a big enough universe, and enough rolls of the die. But we seem to have a big enough universe, with plenty of space and time. This means that if there’s no one bigger out there, then something else is fundamentally limiting the existence of life. And that’s very bad news for us.

This is why the Fermi Paradox is so worrying. Reality appears to be very big in every direction we can measure. So if there is no one else out there, then it must be constrained in some other way we cannot measure. Which would have ominous implications for the future of the human race.

If there is no one else out there, it probably means all intelligent species, across all space and time, die out. Quickly.

…So we return to our premise in yet another form. If we have a future, then there’s someone bigger out there. If there’s no one bigger out there, then we have no future.

Micah Redding – Minimum Viable Theology: We Are Not Alone

Is there anyone else out there “bigger” than us? If not, then why think we have a future?


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