NASA's Kepler spacecraft sends home data suggesting odds of life out there better than we thought


So where are all the aliens?

That’s a pretty good summary, although most skiffy writers would swap out “the Singularity” for “virtual porn”. (The late great Iain M. Banks came up with the idea of highly advanced civilizations Subliming, which is kind of like heaven, only better.)

Well, they are fiction writers, after all.

While this is very cool (if highly speculative), I’m not sure it is good news for humans. The fact is, we still lack direct evidence for other advanced societies, indicating that such are probably rare. If planets that could support life are common, that raises the chance that much of the Great Filter is ahead of us, not behind.

Give up. They’re not out there.

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