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Quantum Immortality Solution to the Fermi Paradox

Intelligent Aliens Realize They're Immortal, Then Die
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First, an explanation of Quantum Immortality and the Fermi Paradox:

Quantum Immortality is...well, if the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics is correct, and you can only observe things when you're alive, you'll never observe your own death. You'll only observe yourself being incredibly lucky, because you don't observe all of the other (more likely) cases where you died. Look at yourself-- you're alive, against all odds, and have survived many near-misses that could have killed you. Good job! This is because if you did die, you wouldn't be here to see the result, therefore you cannot die. This means you're free to do really risky stuff, because fate/luck will always, always seem to save you.

The Fermi Paradox is that there are uncountable billions of planets capable of supporting life, but no intelligent aliens as far as we can tell.

My Idea: use Quantum Immortality to solve the Fermi Paradox. Every intelligent alien race discovered the Quantum Immortality interpretation of quantum mechanics at around the same time they discovered space travel. Then, they proceeded to kill themselves off by doing fun but dangerous things, because quantum immortality only works for the observer.

Additionally, the most-probable existences to experience are ones where you live forever naturally, without massive and ongoing sequences of improbable events.

In short, you are the least-unlikely immortal consciousness, and when you inevitably make it to the stars you will find dead alien planets full of alien extreme sports equipment and long-dead risk-loving aliens who are all still alive in a parallel universe.

[it's not a let's-all because it's true. you cannot escape. don't panic...that would be an unpleasant way to spend eternity.]

sninctown, Dec 12 2011

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       I think, therefore you are dead.
Alterother, Dec 12 2011
  

       not in the branch of all possible realities that I'll experience.
sninctown, Dec 12 2011
  

       [sninctown] Read "Permutation City"; it explores a closely related concept in great depth (and is a good read).   

       OK, not that close, but your idea reminded me of one of my favourite books.
spidermother, Dec 12 2011
  

       And also, "How we pass the time in Hell." (In gyrum imus nocte, et consumimur igni.)
mouseposture, Dec 13 2011
  

       I've had this notion before (without the sports equipment part), and thinking about it again after reading your excellent writeup, I finally realize why I'm lucky to be alive yet not lucky enough to win the lottery.
ldischler, Dec 13 2011
  

       Lemony Snicket would take great interest in my life.
RayfordSteele, Dec 13 2011
  

       I finally read "Permutation City". Entertaining and thought-provoking book.
sninctown, May 29 2014
  

       I have increasing deja-vu of the day that I die. It usually involves a situation where I think I had in a previous incarnation a fatal heart attack, but I'm avoiding jet travel and visiting New Orleans as well.
bigsleep, May 29 2014
  

       So, pardon me but I need to get this straight... since I am the only being which I am certain exists... I can't die?   

       ...but since realities are infinite, I get to die in all of your realities the way others do in mine?   

       I'd best pack a lunch.   

       // since I am the only being which I am certain exists... I can't die? //   

       Extreme solipsism is logically irrefutable.   

       <Doolittle>   

       "Bomb, return to the bomb bay !"   

       </Doolittle>
8th of 7, May 30 2014
  

       You have not passed the individual lifetime barrier, such would take an entity with perception of the other universes. Always cherish what you have but imagine there is something more after the final event horizon.
wjt, Jun 09 2014
  

       " I'd best pack a lunch. "   

       Well, that's an axiom to live by.
normzone, Jun 10 2014
  

       Lunch is for wimps.
pocmloc, Jun 10 2014
  

       Meh, the Fermi paradox seems like less and less of one as time goes on. How long did the human race generate high power, omni-directional signals that are likely to be detectable from a large distance? Maybe a century. Modern communications are typically much lower power, more directed, and over a much broader spectrum from many different sources. We started making much less noise at the same time we made it much harder to pick individual signals out of the background noise.
MechE, Jun 10 2014
  

       Quantum immortality seems unlikely because all the people around me are between 0 and 100 years old.
Voice, Jun 10 2014
  

       [Voice] but you are forgetting that this artificially constructed world has very dynamic science. Before your life is in severe danger they will have developed medicine and computer technology so that your complete sentient essence can be implanted in a rhoomba mower. This will be such a moving experience that as we get smeared further in time on an event horizon you will accidentally create the rhoomba chorus - "Oh lord, rhoomba my yard!".
bigsleep, Jun 10 2014
  

       " Roomba yard, my lord, roomba yard..."
normzone, Jun 10 2014
  

       I missed breakfast though.   

       //Extreme solipsism is logically irrefutable.// Says you!
spidermother, Jun 12 2014
  
      
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