Expanding cosmological civilizations on the back of an envelope

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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018

S. Jay Olson
(Submitted on 15 May 2018)

We present a simplified description of expansionistic life in the standard relativistic cosmology. The resulting model is exactly integrable, yielding a simple set of predictive formulas. This allows one to quickly propose new scenarios for the life appearance rate and the dominant expansion speed and evaluate the observable consequences. These include the expected number and angular size of visible expanding domains, the total eclipsed fraction of the sky, and the life-saturated fraction of the universe. We also propose a simple anthropic bound on observable quantities, as a function of the dominant expansion velocity alone. The goal is to create a simple and intuition-building tool for use in the context of cosmology, extragalactic SETI, and futures studies. We discuss the general predictions of this framework, including conditions giving rise to an "extragalactic Fermi paradox," in which zero civilizations are visible beyond the Milky Way. This can occur even if a substantial fraction of the universe is already saturated with ambitious life.

Comments:    7 pages, 3 figures
Subjects:    Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics (astro-ph.CO); General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc)
Cite as:    arXiv:1805.06329 [astro-ph.CO] (or arXiv:1805.06329v1 [astro-ph.CO] for this version)
Submission history
From: Stephan Olson
[v1] Tue, 15 May 2018 17:57:59 GMT (83kb,D)

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