The Frightening Great Filter Hypothesis and the Future of Man
The Great Filter hypothesis is one of the most terrifying ideas in science. It is the idea there is a future event humanity will be subjected to that will lead to it to devolve to a more primitive state, or lead to its extinction. Upon reaching this filter, which screens out most civilizations in the universe from higher planes of existence, humanity either survives as a non-technological civilization (i.e. returning to the cave dwelling life our ancestors or as drones on a human tax farm) or dies out.
We often discuss problems related to sexual selection on men’s web sites, but what is seldom discussed is how these ideas could tie in with the larger schemes of science and life in the universe. The Great Filter is a hypothesis that ties up these loose ends. The textbook definition of the hypothesis follows:
The Great Filter concept originates in the argument that the failure to find any extraterrestrial civilizations in the observable universe implies the possibility something is wrong with one or more of the arguments from various scientific disciplines that the appearance of advanced intelligent life is probable; this observation is conceptualized in terms of a Great Filter which acts to reduce the great number of sites where intelligent life might arise to a tiny number of intelligent species.
Remote sensing in the 21st century is revealing thousands of worlds which are in the astronomical “Goldilocks” zone. These planets are similar to earth, in that they are not too hot like Venus, nor too cold like Mars, but have conditions that are “just right” for life to form. While this initially seems encouraging in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, it actually provides some worrisome implications:
The main counter-intuitive conclusion of this observation is that the easier it was for life to evolve to our stage, the bleaker our future chances probably are.
Enrico Fermi was the first to notice the seeming lack of civilizations in the universe once radio astronomy began. In our own galaxy there are some 400 billion suns. Based on what we have seen with the distribution of organic molecules throughout the universe it should not only be possible but probable that life exists elsewhere in the universe. Life arose on earth almost immediately after it formed, which makes it seem like life forms easily in the universe. However, we aren’t finding life in the universe despite exhaustive searches and improving remote sensing technology. This suggests that perhaps some 9 out of 10 societies could be self-destructing once they reach our level of technology.
It has been said everything we see as progress in the human world is due to runaway sexual selection, and particularly K-selection as it builds up sophisticated societies. The opposite, r-selection tears down sophisticated societies. As explained in The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics:
One strategy, named the r-strategy, imbues those who are programmed with it to be averse to all peer on peer competition, embrace promiscuity, embrace single parenting, and support early onset sexual activity in youth. Obviously, this mirrors the Liberal philosophy’s aversion to individual Darwinian competitions such as capitalism and self defense with firearms, as well as group competitions such as war. Likewise, Liberalism is tolerant of promiscuity, tolerant of single parenting, and more prone to support early sex education for children and the sexualization of cultural influences. Designed to exploit a plethora of resources, one will often find this r-type strategy embodied within prey species, where predation has lowered the population’s numbers, and thereby increased the resources available to its individuals.
The other strategy, termed the K-strategy, imbues those who pursue it with a fierce competitiveness, as well as tendencies towards abstinence until monogamy, two-parent parenting, and delaying sexual activity until later in life. Obviously, this mirrors Conservatism’s acceptance of all sorts of competitive social schemes, from free market capitalism, to war, to individuals owning and carrying private weapons for self defense. Conservatives also tend to favor abstinence until monogamy, two parent parenting with an emphasis upon “family values” and children being shielded from any sexualized stimuli until later in life. This strategy is found most commonly in species which lack predation, and whose population’s have grown to the point individuals must compete with each other for the limited environmental resources that they are rapidly running out of.
The sexual jungle unleashed on our species by feminism is making each passing generation more r-selected. As humans seem to be subject to cyclical forces in history, one must wonder what the future of our species holds since, according to Spengler, we are on the downswing of the great historical sine-wave, making a sharp turn towards r-selection.
No society that has remained civilized has lifted restrictions on monogamy and female sexuality, as anthropologist J.D. Unwin found when he studied 80 tribes and 6 civilizations across 5,000 years of history. Will we recover? Or will the traps presented by our technological advancement and evolutionary baggage put our continued well-being in jeopardy? As astrophysicist Carl Sagan warned:
We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.
Indeed, we may have arrived at a moment in history in which our science and technology are more advanced than our capability to manage them safely.
The Drake Equation
The Great Silence, or the lack of detectable signs of intelligent life in the universe suggests that we are unique, and alone. Back in the 1960s, astrophysicist Frank Drake proposed an equation to estimate the number of societies that might exist in the universe. Its variables are the number of stars in the galaxy, the number of those stars that have planets, the number of those planets that can support life and the number on which life actually arises, the number of planets on which that life becomes civilized, and of those civilizations how many go on to survive across stellar evolutionary and geological timescales.
Using this imperfect equation, Drake came up with a very rough estimate of anywhere from 20 to 50,000,000 societies potentially existing in the Milky Way galaxy. If that is the case – where the hell is everybody? Either intelligent life is exceedingly rare or exceedingly short-lived on evolutionary timescales.
Using radio waves seems like the most common sense method of broadcasting one’s presence to the universe. Radio telescopes from Aricebo in Puerto Rico to the Very Large Array in New Mexico to the new Allen Telescope Array north of San Francisco have been scanning, unsuccessfully so far, for alien radio signals. It is thought a signal intended to show intelligence and be understandable by virtually any species will broadcast a series of prime numbers. Sagan detailed this method of alien communication in the 1970s.
It is easy to create an interstellar radio message which can be recognized as emanating unambiguously from intelligent beings. A modulated signal (beep, beep beep… ) comprising the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, for example, consists exclusively of the first 12 prime numbers—that is, numbers that can be divided only by 1, or by themselves. A signal of this kind, based on a simple mathematical concept, could only have a biological origin.
Preliminary results have not been very encouraging, as we have found nothing except silence and a “Wow!” signal in the 1970s that ended up being interstellar noise. This is where The Great Filter hypothesis comes in.
How This Relates To Us
Scientists say we could be at the most crucial stage in our long-term survival as a species: the stage at which start conducting interplanetary and interstellar colonization. Many societies could have developed up to our point in the universe and fallen apart soon after. It is interesting to note the U.S. has long led scientific exploration of space, but since the sexual revolution took root we now hitch rides on Russian rockets in order to fly humans into space. Perhaps other species also reach this point, only to pull back instead of continuing to advance.
Once reaching the point of being prosperous, societies ease restrictions on sexuality. This is risky business because sexual selection is the engine that drives evolution to high levels of intelligence. Since the sexual revolution the West has seen falling birth rates, the exile of the father from the family, and the rise of degeneracy. This turn away from civilization and towards pre-civilized modes of living should not come as a surprise to scientists. J.D. Unwin found in his anthropological survey:
The whole of human history does not contain a single instance of a group becoming civilized unless it has been absolutely monogamous, nor is there any example of a group retaining its culture after it has adopted less rigorous customs.
After unleashing all restrictions on female sexuality, men adapted to the drastically altered sexual environment by learning Game. As we have seen happening in the West, this environment ultimately leads to an 80/20 rule of most females being monopolized by a small percentages of males. Beta males, the bedrock of building and maintaining society then check out of doing grunt work since the sexual market is the granddaddy of all the other markets of man. Environmental conditions that led to the development of high intelligence and a high culture then self-destruct, causing the society to fall apart. As the conditions of the sexual marketplace shift away from K-selection and male investment in society, we fail to pass through The Great Filter.
Another worrying way the Great Filter could screen out humans from long term survival is the coming possibility of technological enslavement. With the advent of ever cheaper, smaller, and faster computer chips it is plausible that the human race will be enslaved by an elite, becoming little more than pawns on a world tax farm, rather than continuing to advance.
Perhaps this is why an elite lifted limitations on female sexuality in the first place. Knowing man becomes feral after monogamy is abandoned, and is not able to organize the way he would have in an orderly, monogamous society, the deck is stacked so humanity cannot avert the threat of technological enslavement.
Forces are already at work to eliminate cash completely and put all money and all documentation on a GPS-trackable RFID chip that will be implanted into our hands. Japan is conducting its own experiments in this vaunted “cashless” society by using fingerprints. In any case, our lives are increasingly managed by computers and micromanaged by a government that manages the computers. As the Financial Times warned:
The anonymity of cash helps to free people from their governments.
Aaron Russo warned us about this agenda over 10 years ago.
All money will be in your chips. And so, instead of having cash, any time you have money in your chip, they can take out whatever they want to take out whenever they want to. If they say “you owe us this much money in taxes,” they just deduct it out of your chip, digitally.
Work on the implantable RFID chip proceeds at a rapid pace. The only real boundary now is engineering social acceptance of an electronic dog collar. Using social engineering, Cultural Marxism and total financial control (all of which are advancing at a rapid rate) the human species could be transformed into docile servants of the state. In this view, the world population ends up being dominated by a small elite, with human “batteries” powering an economic system they profit from. This warning, as pessimistic as it, is falls in line with history. As Aristotle observed 2,000 years ago, the natural state of man is slavery, and the masses believe authority figures over their own sense of reason as shown in the Milgram experiment. Politicians know this, which is why they lie in our faces and get away with it as they lead us to slaughter.
What Worked In The Past
What these dystopian views have in common is they’re all illustrations of the value of patriarchy and the risks that come with discarding it. Patriarchy, with its paternity guarantees for men and provision of a role in society other than that of a sperm donor and child support check-writer has led civilization to greatness in the past. The decision to abandon patriarchy is having profound implications, and it is not leading us to a better place as a society or as a species.
The sexual revolution brought on the law of the jungle as monogamy was discarded as a relic of the past, and brought on an 80/20 phenomenon, making most males useless and turning the human species more feral with each passing generation. What incentive does a man have to give a damn about society or sacrificing for the betterment of his offspring if he is no longer offered a seat at the table of the human family? Man is also becoming easier to boss around as r-selection breaks down the family, the building block of civilization. Bossing him around is much harder to do strong families are headed up by a respected patriarch. The solitary individual is much more desirable to an autocratic society.
Perhaps the human species’ Great Filter has arrived de-civilizing feminism, technological enslavement, or both. With a 99.9% extinction rate of all species on the planet across a span of 4.5 billion years, the odds of long-term prosperity, freedom, and survival are not in our favor. Personally, I would prefer extinction to enslavement.
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