The universe is big, really big after all. So big and so old relative to our human lifespan that the lack of any other known intelligent life puzzles us. There is only one START to grand civilizations. Should we not question the fact that we are the only known life form?
The fermi paradox offers a few propositions for why we have not had any evidence of other lifeforms.
Lets start with some basic truths to begin to unravel possible explanations for our place and time in this universe.
One thing is for certain, you are alive right now. What a time to be alive! We are undergoing an exponential rate of change in all fields of science. This is known as the “knee of the curve” as described by Ray Kurzweil in his book The Singularity is Near. The graph below taken from the book gives deeper insight to this sentiment.
Our rate of change is exponential, and it's becoming clear that by the end of this century life will reach into new deeper depths of what early man could only describe as ‘magic’.
"It occurred to me and others a bit peculiar to have spawned into life at such a time period where anything truly is possible. To be born a mortal with the human species having just started decoding its own genetic makeup, and showing real merit towards conquering mortality once and for all."
One point this essay makes is in regards to the super slim chance of having been born into the time we are at now. Compared to the rest of human history, the chance is actually not that small. With 100 Billion people total having passed, there is a decent chance, at 7%, that we would be alive now, rather than sometime in the past.
If this chart were to continue (if humanity continues to prosper), then the chance of being born here and now would quickly diminish to a near 0 probability. Now, some people may bring up the possible extinction or end of the graph entirely, or the idea that our future universe residents would stop caring to bring new conscious beings into the world. Which brings to light the greater question that gives rise to Galactic Preschool Theory. If we solve all our problems and have near limitless capabilities because of artificial intelligence and automation, what does population increase look like? What would it be like to be birthed into a utopian environment?
Many people love to throw around the idea that death gives life meaning, and in a very true sense it does. As a polar opposite of the fear of death we are able to learn to love life itself. The new borns into a utopian world would never get the chance to learn this lesson. Is this a necessary lesson only acquired by those who went through the change of mortality into immortality? With truly all the time in the world from the beginning how could one understand any sense of meaning in the passage of time? Without ever having to fear death how could one ever develop a love of life? This idea that death gives life meaning is a common saying when speaking about the prospects of immortality and I agree with the sentiment wholeheartedly, but I believe that the meaning that our fear of death gave us, does not go away when death does. Without this teaching though, someone born into a limitless life could not appreciate it as someone who came from the dystopia prior. Utopia cannot be understood without dystopia preceding it.
Therefore to be born into Utopia, would it not be exactly at the time period we are at now? A time when our lives can have great meaning, and a time where we can learn to love not just ourselves but the world around us. A time when we can use our wits we were given to build things that help the less fortunate of us. A time in which we can earn our rights to the kingdom of heaven.
Now imagine a time after we create utopia, imagine the new earthlings who are born never understanding what "WORSE" was? Would that ever really be able to appreciate the life they were given? It becomes obvious we NEED to go through the stage we are going through.
So what we could we do in order to bring new conscious life into existence, having the same understanding we did by going through this period, and having them join the greater galactic expanse? It seems all too obvious that at this point of limitless power, the ability to create worlds designed for learning in a controlled environment is entirely possible. Therefore, the chances that we are the first to be going through this process is minimal.
In regards to simulation theory it goes, given we can likely simulate another universe, the chances that our universe is the first aka base reality, is minute compared to us living in one of these simulated ones. Galactic preschool theory has the same merits, in the sense that us not being one of these habitats created for learning and teaching before joining the greater expanse being minute.
With the rise of UFO's in mainstream media, this theory is gaining merit. What was once hidden to us seems as if it is being revealed. It seems only fair to not release such reality shattering info at once, and instead slowly ease the idea into the minds of the preschool students, similar to how we slowly reveal the existence of Santa, The Tooth Fairy, and others to our definition of preschool students.