posted on Jan, 27 2008 @ 06:03 AM
The answer was 42, but the question was what do you get when you multiply 6 x 9.
"Six by nine. Forty two."
"That's it. That's all there is."
"I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe"[
My point? Humans are bad computers.
However that is not unuseful. Human error has, in several historic instances, shown people how to find a correct answer that had previously eluded
them for years.
If the brains of living creatures were somehow being used as a computer network, their strength would be that unlike most computers, they are capable
That makes us ideal for exploring unknown possibilities.
Now, there are other considerations. Obviously aliens are not collecting our brains and downloading them when we die.
Therefore if we are computers, we must be on a network. That would explain ESP, the "akashic record", etc.
Still, there's a problem. The brain still runs on electrical impulses and chemical cues. Theoretically, if you came up with the right algorithms, you
could make a computer do everything that the human brain does, and do it in a much more efficient manner.
So why use a brain? Because you don't know the algorithms and you need to tap the power of what nature does.
Well that's where you get into some trouble. You still need SUBSTANTIAL understanding of how the brain works to use it in that way, and if you knew
that much about the brain, what would be stopping you from creating a computer that was a lot like it?
Now this means that the "designers" of this computer would basically be running with a relatively natural brain- they couldn't engineer a
'network' in all likelihood. So if you don't believe in natural ESP you can't believe in the model put forward so far.
That means that the only way to use brains is to actually plant a civilization and control its development, let them grow for however long you think
it will take, then come down and talk to them.
So now we're talking alien sociology experiment or reality TV show more than alien computers.
And what would be be calculating? You couldn't direct us in any one way, and your species would be more advanced than ours. So what could you learn
So let me throw a crazy theory out there that I never would have thought up if not for this thread.
Suppose that humans originated elsewhere in the Universe, and are, if I may just pick a random number, a million years older than humanity on Earth.
And they've evolved so far, that they have very little idea what their early civilization was like.
How do you research that? Well you collect some DNA samples and you plop them down somewhere to do it all over again. That would probably work.
But then again, there's still a problem. The record is pretty clear that we did in fact evolve on Earth. We can trace our genome WAY back on this
planet. Some genes are basically universal, not only among mammals, but even between the plant and animal kingdoms.
Now we're getting into another aspect of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: custom built planets. A hard sell to say the least.
Fascinating thought experiment, but ultimately unlikely I'm afraid.