Since our relatively recent ability to irradiate the planet, it is widely believed that intelligence probably destroys itself. We could destroy ourselves any day, so intelligent life on other planets probably suffer the same ironic dynamic. Intelligence could be a flash in the pan universally. Or not.

We don’t realize what we are. Our natural inclination to trust has allowed sociopaths to discount our values and lead us back the materialism of jungle law.

Intelligence figures stuff out. Our values tell it what to figure out. Or they used to. As materialists, we now pretty much…