This is the topics thread for Episode 65, scheduled to be recorded 13 January 2017. Let's hear your ideas by 6 January. Everyone is welcome to participate in the thread, but if you want to be on the panel, you need to weigh in here.
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I credit the nexus of Dyson and Kardashev. Their classic papers were published a year apart, and most people don't make a distinction between Dyson's megascale engineering projects and Kardashev's civilization types.Jan 12, 2017
- Paul CarrOwnerhe's very advanced in years, but I would say Freeman Dyson.Jan 12, 2017
- My comment about Niven was just in response tocomments on the megastructure concept in popular culture as well as our anthropomorphism of imagined alien civilisations. If there's one megastructure which SF fans are most familiar with it would be Niven's Ringworld. But you are of course right about the importance of Kardashev and Freeman Dyson in more serious studies of such concepts.Jan 12, 2017
- I can see how the Kardashev scale has been hugely influential for SETI. To me, the idea of megastructure could date back to some ancient civilizations and their expression of the divine, also there is clearly a tendency within the human species to colonize territory and express power and technological development through building, this seems to be primarily a cultural preference.Jan 13, 2017
- We've Talked about mega structures in several other episodes
. Reality is more my styleJan 13, 2017
- Tabby is a young F class star and is therefore statistically less likely to have had enough time to evolve sophisticated aliens.Jan 13, 2017
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