962: The Corliss Resolution
|The Corliss Resolution|
Title text: And no avian society ever develops space travel because it's impossible to focus on calculus when you could be outside flying.
The Fermi paradox is an astronomical problem that states: "The universe is large enough that many planets should have extraterrestrial intelligent life. Why, then, haven't we detected any signs of it?" The paradox has numerous hypothetical solutions — some say that life is much rarer than we think, and others suggest that civilizations will eventually destroy themselves (as mentioned in the comic).
Randall proposes another solution to the Fermi paradox: before they can develop space travel and the like, civilizations will inevitably invent an "activity more fun than survival." That is, something fun that's also very dangerous, such as flying off a cliff in a wingsuit.
As said in the title text, a being that can already fly (hence "avian society") would probably prefer flying around outside over developing the tools needed for space colonization.
See 384: The Drake Equation for another comic about intelligent life in the universe.
- The Fermi Paradox: Planets are so common that life should be too. So where is it?
- [Cueball with an unusual suit runs.]
- Well, now we know. It's not that life inevitably destroys itself with war.
- [Cueball keeps running.]
- It's just that it takes longer to develop space colonization.
- [Cueball leaps off a cliff]
- Than it does to invent an activity..
- ..more fun than survival.
- [Youtube video of Cueball, with the suit opening up into a wingsuit. As this is youtube, the comments have not been shown. Two people are watching the video offpanel.]
- Person 1: Holy crap.
- Person 2: I don't care how dangerous it is. I have to try it.