Copernican Reasoning About Intelligent Extraterrestrials: A Reply to Simpson

@article{Ruhmkorff2019CopernicanRA,
  title={Copernican Reasoning About Intelligent Extraterrestrials: A Reply to Simpson},
  author={Samuel Ruhmkorff and Tingao Jiang},
  journal={Journal for General Philosophy of Science},
  year={2019},
  volume={50},
  pages={561-571}
}
  • Samuel Ruhmkorff, Tingao Jiang
  • Published 2019
  • Philosophy
  • Journal for General Philosophy of Science
  • Copernican reasoning involves considering ourselves, in the absence of other information, to be randomly selected members of a reference class. Consider the reference class intelligentobservers. If there are extraterrestrial intelligences (ETIs), taking ourselves to be randomly selected intelligent observers leads to the conclusion that it is likely the Earth has a larger population size than the typical planet inhabited by intelligent life, for the same reason that a randomly selected human is… CONTINUE READING

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