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The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, and the Interstellar Transportation Bandwidth

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    Adam Ford
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    Keith B. Wiley kwiley@keithwiley.com Affiliation at the time of writing: Univ. of Washington, Dept. of Astronomy, Box 351580, Seattle WA 98195, USA Or
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    Tony
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    Surely the whole percolation theory concept is fundamentally flawed, though, in that in real space it would be impossible for non-colonising worlds to prevent colonising ones spreading by simply avoiding the non-colonising worlds? The only way I can immediately see that non-colonisers could block colonisers would be if there was such a deep region of non-colonising star systems that colonisers could not get through them in the lifetime of their probes, which sounds unlikely.

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