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The Sequence of Contact

The world of science fiction loves to speculate about human civilization making first contact with aliens. Too often, those aliens are remarkably like us; not just in the way their bodies resemble ours, but also in their stage of developmental growth. We understand the difficulties involved in imagining an intelligent civilization unlike ourselves and then […]

A Quarantine of Intelligence

Human history is a dismal record of failure to expand ethical considerations beyond the self. We have left a trail of hundreds of millions of lives lost in warfare, torture, and enslavement of various kinds. We have a well established track record of making poor decisions based on personal interest and without regard to consequences. […]