What Do Stagnant Supercivilizations Do During Their Million Year Lifespans?

Introduction

Scientific Possibilities for a Supercivilization

Scenarios for Stagnant Scientific Observation

  1. A stagnant supercivilization observing the rise and fall of younger civilizations might be in possession of an exhaustive science of civilization such that nothing that they observe is anomalous or novel.
  2. A stagnant supercivilization observing the rise and fall of younger civilizations might be so lethargic and jaded that even the stimulation of observing the emergence of civilizations might leave it as unaffected intellectually as would it would presumably be unaffected morally or emotionally.
  3. The stagnancy of a stagnant supercivilization might be so deeply entrenched in the culture that the civilization is incapable of conceptualizing what it observes as different from its conceptual framework, so that even if it observes anomaly or novelty, it is incapable of recognizing these as such.
  4. A stagnant supercivilization might actively suppress knowledge that suggested intellectual stimulation that could prod that civilization out of its lethargy.

Stagnant Supercivilizations of the SETI Paradigm

Stagnant Superciviilzations Surpassed by Developing Civilizations

Two Kinds of Stagnant Supercivilizations

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