Is it better to be stretched, as a civilization, to the extremes of time or space before becoming extinct? This is the idea explored in a recent article on Overcoming Bias that ties in Battlestar Galactica to the questions of cultural reach physically and temporally.
Consider two possible civilizations, stretched either across time or space:
- Time: A mere hundred thousand people live sustainably for a billion generations before finally going extinct.
- Space: A trillion people spread across a thousand planets live for only a hundred generations, then go extinct.
Even though both civilizations support the same total number of lives, most observers probably find the time-stretched civilization more admirable and morally worthy.