Why Alien Life Would be our Doom - The Great Filter

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  • Published on Feb 1, 2018

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  • Let's build a wall to keep the aliens out


  • If we were the only form of intelligent life that would be really depressing.

  • I think the great filter is the enormus space between celestial bodyes. And its soo obvious.

  • I hate how humans are so competitive and naive, obviously we need to work with eachother to achieve greatness. The need to be first or to be on top is such a waste of thinking and mortality .

  • This assumes the filter that explains the fermi paradox is a local problem. The "filter" may simply be the tyranny of distance (thus time). The universe may well be teeming with life but the sheer distances and physical limits (c) make contact highly unlikely. We are adrift on a remote island in a sea that may well be populous.

  • One word; Reapers

  • mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

  • We need to check the centre where the Galactic Core is. We could try befriending the Grox.

  • Alaska-sized rocks falling on earth are a pretty good filter.

  • Thanks once again for the highly anticipated monthly morning existential mind blow.

  • So I was a little confused by this video... If we found aliens, more advanced than us or not, I don't see how that would affect the likely hood of a great filter in our future, unless you assume a great deal. If the aliens are more advanced than us, they probably have a longer history, so they might have encountered a filter in the past which was difficult for them to pass through, but if they got through it, so could we. If we found aliens less intelligent than us, that would only suggest that filters that we've crossed already aren't as difficult to cross as we thought. If we found alien ruins, that wouldn't immediately suggest that they had been wiped out by a great filter, it could've just been bad luck. And besides, while we haven't been able to detect life on other planets yet, we even haven't landed a human on Mars, let alone an exoplanet which could possibly support life. We might be able to see an advanced civilization but we would struggle to observe smaller life forms from Earth. So, while I find the theory of a great filter in our future interesting, finding anything but alien ruins doesn't increase the likelihood of a great filter based on my understanding.

  • If there are

  • What if somehow aliens also found out about the internet, and stumbles apon YouTube. Somehow being able to connect and post their own videos.

  • Maybe our filter will be nothing else then other intelligent life form that will terminate us once we reach a certain point of development and start becoming a threat to them 0001f9140001f914

  • We are living our great filter now. Humanities greatest challenge is now. If we can overcome the next 100 years without destroying the planet, I believe we have a solid chance of becoming a multi-planetary species.

  • An experiment that lights the whole atmosphere on fire: this is the kind of human fuck-up that I can very easily imagine happening.


  • Worst case: there are multiple filters, and we've overcome one by pure luck.