Nicely arranged, yet the entirety of the “Great Filter” scenarios, are narrow and pretentious to say the least.
The most pretentious being that any and all life in the universe is a danger to us.
The second being that all life, once advanced enough, is an inevitable danger to itself.
Both of these are based on opinion and not science, even though some scientists have suggested these. These were suggestions based on a pessimistic view of looking at us within an extremely thin era of humanity.
All of the die-off scenarios are based on primitive human experience and specific to human experience (doesn’t take into account the die-offs of other life just on earth).
It’s impossible to say these are “Universal Scenarios”.
So what could be stopping galactic civilizations?
One of the most obvious is one we’ve known about for some time, and has nothing to do with advanced civilizations directly or indirectly killing themselves off as The Great Filter video suggests.
Welcome to the reality of the monsters of the Universe: You’ve heard of Black Holes and Neutron Stars? Mere Vampires and Werewolves compared to the Titan: Magnetars.
“BUT… Why have we not met Aliens?”
Does an ant make contact with a shoe and understand that there is a human attached?
Is it physically capable of seeing an entire human at once? Does it think we’re alive or an inanimate object that occasionally enters its domain, same as water, a falling rock, or tree branch?
Do we attempt to communicate with ants because we see that they are advanced enough to build cities and create a society and farm and raise livestock*?
*something our nearest primate ancestors apparently cannot do.
Does a fly lay its eggs in a rotting human corpse and have the mental awareness to ascertain that this is different from any other food?
Does the fact that we’ve had “spaceships” for less than a century mean a technologically advanced life form would also have spaceships (based, apparently, like ours on terran watercraft).
Would a sufficiently technologically advanced life form require spaceships to travel the universe?
A likely and massive part of the problem is our ability to know what we see when we’re looking at it.
Everything we’ve built on earth accommodates humans. Period. Anything outside of human finds itself limited in our artificial environment. Dogs and cats may learn to open doors – or not. Turn on the water – or not. Unlock a door to go outside – or not. Feed themselves – or not.
Pet fish need an environment unique to themselves to exist as a module to our environment.
We build walls, doors, and fences, all of which does or does not keep out various other earth life forms that evolved on our planet – but wasn’t remotely made to contain or comfort creatures that evolved on other planets under entirely different sets of circumstances.
As we’ve seen just in our own solar system, every single planet has its unique set of environmental circumstances.
So short of a xenoform having our own Relative form, Relative height, and ability to be visible within the narrow confines of our limited visual spectrum, how would we know whether we saw an extraterrestrial lifeform or not?
Whenever we choose to step into an environment where we have not evolved to survive, we encase ourselves in a mini-environment that can both withstand the outside as well as provide a portable duplicate of our environment inside.
Does a ocean varmint see a diver and assume that it simply another creature enough like itself that it belongs there in the depths? What is an ocean varmint’s criteria for “Life”, anyway? If it moves it’s alive? That seems to be a cat’s criteria.
Does something see us when we go out into space? Does it also assume we belong there? Does it even assume we’re alive or do we fail to match its criteria for what life is?
Extraterrestrials: How would you know whether you met one or not?
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