The Fermi Paradox: Fallen Empires

  • Опубліковано 16 вер 2023
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    The cosmos seem silent and empty of any great interstellar empires, but perhaps they once existed, and if so, what titanic ruins might they have left behind?
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    The Fermi Paradox: Fallen Empires
    Episode 412a, September 17, 2023
    Produced, Written & Narrated by:
    Isaac Arthur
    Jerry Guern
    Konstantin Sokerin
    David McFarlane
    Graphics by:
    Darth Biomech
    Fishy Tree
    Jeremy Jozwik
    Ken York YD Visual
    LegionTech Studios
    Udo Schroeter
    Music Courtesy of:
    Epidemic Sound
    Sergey Cheremisinov, "Labyrinth", "Forgotten Stars"
    Stellardrone, "Red Giant" "Between The Rings"
    Taras Harkavyi, "Alpha and...."
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  • Mj K
    Mj K 16 днів тому +334

    Congrats on 9 years Isaac and Team! Happy Patreon Supporter since 2017. Still the best channel on UA-cam.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +27

      Thank you so much for your support!

    • 12shzarmai 55
      12shzarmai 55 15 днів тому +8

      ​@Isaac Arthur Awesome work for the past nine years. Please consider making a video on "Planning a Space Colony mission".

    • Ivory AS
      Ivory AS 12 днів тому +5

      And now I _thank _*_you_* for having supported him for that long!
      as for ​@isaacarthurSFIA
      I've been on since ~2019 IIRC and went back to watch most-all of the previous videos, finishing circa 2021 and I've been viewing _pretty _*_darn_* regularly ever since. To say I commend you (and your team, of course!) is an understatement, and I legitimately hope to gain _half_ of your knowledge on science and futurism.

    • svampebob007
      svampebob007 12 днів тому +1

      Happy freeloader since 2014 here.
      I have 500GB of his videos on my computers and counting.

    • Pedro Symons
      Pedro Symons 8 днів тому +2

      9 Years of free education for the masses and supporting science for all. Thank you Isaac Arthur and team. Here's to another 9 years! 🎉🎉🎉

  • Hey, Super Saiyan!
    Hey, Super Saiyan! 16 днів тому +459

    Now THIS is a Stellaris moment

    • Neoth
      Neoth 16 днів тому +12

      And a Star Wars Prequels traumatic flash back

    • jhwheuer
      jhwheuer 15 днів тому +9

      Oh fond memories playing stellaris with my son.

    • Marko Pecinovic
      Marko Pecinovic 15 днів тому +4

      Just saw Montu.

    • AS Lysa
      AS Lysa 15 днів тому +16

      Isaac confirmed stellaris player

    • donaldfarquar
      donaldfarquar 15 днів тому +7

      What was will be, what will be was.

  • BigZebra. Com
    BigZebra. Com 16 днів тому +322

    I was going to build a massive interstellar empire--but then things got really busy at work.

    • The Hat
      The Hat 16 днів тому +37

      Likewise, but my kids wanted a playhouse instead. With the cost of lumber, I couldn't do both.

    • Mac Shonle
      Mac Shonle 16 днів тому +10

      Ennui there yet?

    • Joshua Forbus
      Joshua Forbus 16 днів тому +5

      That's funny....maybe Legos instead

    • PerfectAlibi
      PerfectAlibi 16 днів тому +5

      Play Stellaris ^^

    • AirborneRanger - Ret
      AirborneRanger - Ret 15 днів тому +3


  • The Mercer
    The Mercer 16 днів тому +138

    Thanks for this episode, it really touches on a point that has bugged me since the 2009 Star Trek film, where Vulcan is destroyed. It seemed like this pushed the Vulcans to near extinction. While the total destruction of a home world is a huge blow, the logical thing to do is to prepare for it. The Vulcans having FTL for 100s of years before the event, one would expect them to have colonized dozens of worlds. Some worlds specifically as contingency plans just in case a disaster of this sort happened.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +62

      Yes, this, if your civilization believes it has value then logically you want to take reasonable steps to ensure it's continuation. It was one of the tihngs that bugged the hell out of me in that film reboot

    • OllamhDrab
      OllamhDrab 16 днів тому +33

      (Star Trek writers have a tendency to forget about all the colony worlds and spacefaring people ...and most of the Fleet, for that matter, never mind all the other ships out there, whenever they need to raise the stakes. The Abrams films I tend to just call 'A nice fun tribute to Star Trek' and not worry about expecting it to make tons of continuity sense, even accounting for the alternate timeline bit.)

    • The Mercer
      The Mercer 16 днів тому +13

      What Id like to see is a sifi TV show that makes use of the many ideas you have explored. While realistic hard sifi like The Expanse is good, what I think we need is a grand galactic spanning show that takes into account just how impressive civilizations can be after a thousand years of development with FTL ability. Fast travel to distant worlds and alien encounters are what keep fiction interesting for most viewers.

    • Jeremy Pace
      Jeremy Pace 15 днів тому +8

      Earth had several colonies, with varying degrees of success. Federation technology turned to terraforming, to make planets easier to colonize...and the terraforming technology went exponential so quickly with the Genesis Project, that it was weaponized. So terraforming was stuck at the weather control/Rissa level a generation later.

    • Aldur Vale
      Aldur Vale 15 днів тому +6

      ​@The Mercer if the Revelation Space saga could be televised, that would be cool. Would definitely watch a show based around Panoply and the prefects of the Glitter Band.

  • Danny Lang
    Danny Lang 16 днів тому +138

    This is the channel that got my to create a UA-cam account. I saw one of your vids and knew I couldn’t miss any of your Fermi paradox videos. You got me reading sci-fi again after not touching a book for almost two decades. You’re an outstanding educator and an inspiration sir.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +21

      Thanks Danny, that means a lot :)

    • Build Something
      Build Something 15 днів тому +4

      I want to concur about the reading thing! Isaac has relit the spark that i had for reading, i am reading daily again for the first time in 15 years. Thank you!

  • Charles McLain
    Charles McLain 16 днів тому +78

    9 years and no signs of slowing, we love your work and it inspires so much in all of us.

  • Shantanu David
    Shantanu David 16 днів тому +55

    Thank you for nine years of incredible content! Here's to watching even more of it en route to the Venusian cloud colonies.

  • OneOnOne1162
    OneOnOne1162 12 днів тому +7

    I love hearing that you love to do this job more than any other. One day I hope to be able to say that. To many more years of this great content, Isaac! I'm a natural pessimist so your optimism about humanity and everything we can do at our best is always appreciated.

  • Austin Richardson
    Austin Richardson 16 днів тому +23

    Thanks for 9 years of great content. I always recommend you to people wanting to get into space stuff. Anton does the practical, you got the theoretical.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +10

      Thanks, and that's a well-appreciated comparison. He and I have never had occasion to meet, which is funny as we share a ton of audience and Anton does truly great work. I wish this last year had been kinder to him.

    • Amey SKulkarni
      Amey SKulkarni 11 днів тому +1

      ​@Isaac ArthurWhat happened to him?

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  11 днів тому +2

      @Amey SKulkarni His baby son, Neil Apollo Petrov, died from SIDs back in the spring :(

    • Amey SKulkarni
      Amey SKulkarni 10 днів тому

      @Isaac Arthur Oooh man. I'm so sorry for him. Poor guy. RIP

  • Burban Poison
    Burban Poison 16 днів тому +65

    Thanks for nine years of content! Looking forward to more! 🥳🎉

  • chan
    chan 16 днів тому +20

    Happy 9 years!!! It's so crazy to think I started watching these the same year you started and the year I graduated highschool, really feels like I've grown up with Issac. You've come so far and are by far my favorite UA-cam channel.
    Also just amazing work with your speech I know you've spent a lot of work on it and it's insane how far you've come with it I don't hear it at all anymore ❤❤

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +4

      Yeah I rewatch episode-0 about once a year to remind myself how much progress the show's made in terms of quality :) I'm still amazed it's been 9 years and folks from back then are still with us, thank you for staying with us.

    • Aisha Lotter
      Aisha Lotter 16 днів тому

      @Isaac Arthurcongratulations my friend I have a bit of a rrrrrrrrrr impediment rather than your w for the r but I don’t care enough to try to change it !!! But I’m glad that you’ve gone to the trrrrouble m8 !!! Best of luck for the futurrrre !!!

  • LordViridian
    LordViridian 16 днів тому +12

    I believe the first time I heard of Isaac Arthur was when I was on a forum and found a certain quote from the episode Iron Stars. "One eternal engine of thought, for one kilogram of mass-energy." I felt I had to look it up, found the episode in question, and then I was hooked. Didn't subscribe at the time, but as the show went on, that eventually changed. Here's hoping we all live long enough to see the things spoken on this show become a reality!

  • avonacolyte
    avonacolyte 14 днів тому +6

    Congratulations on 9 years Isaac! I've been watching since 2018. You've built something great here, and shared it with us for free - thank you!

  • Al Farius
    Al Farius 16 днів тому +6

    We love you, dude. Few channels educate, inspire, and entertain as well as your’s has done consistently across all of these years.

  • Atlas
    Atlas 9 днів тому +3

    Thank you so much for the past 9 years. Your videos - and the great community that watches them - have inspired me time and time again. In fact, your videos even helped me find a career in governmental space policy, a personal dream come true. I hope this channel will continue for many more years to come!

  • Retina Burner
    Retina Burner 15 днів тому +5

    Don't sell yourself short Isaac, we're here as much for you as the content you create. It wouldn't be the same if anyone else presented it. Happy ninth, and many happy returns :)

  • Chuck Messer
    Chuck Messer 11 днів тому +1

    Congratulations on nine years. This is one of the most mind expanding channels I have seen on UA-cam. Keep up the effort!

  • Tclards
    Tclards 15 днів тому +4

    You are one of my biggest heroes, Isaac. Such an inspiration! Over the last few years that I have been a part of your community you've given me so much hope for the future and lit a burning curiosity in me to learn more about the world and universe I am a part of. Thank you so much! Congratulations on 9 years, and here's to many more!!

  • Brian Back
    Brian Back 4 дні тому

    It's amazing that your show has lasted so long. Congratulations, Isaac. I love contemplating the lengths that humanity may achieve. Thanks for all the hard work.

  • P l a y t a r d !
    P l a y t a r d ! 16 днів тому +11

    Congrats on providing 9 years of infotainment!
    Thanks for your efforts SFIA & Team!

  • Datan0de
    Datan0de 10 днів тому

    I love the apocalyptic writing on this episode! Totally badass.
    But more importantly, congratulations, both on the channel anniversary and the other good things happening in your life! It's wonderful that the work you love also brings knowledge, thoughtfulness, and enjoyment to so many other people.
    Life - You're doing it right!

  • Dimitri Patakos
    Dimitri Patakos 16 днів тому +15

    Thanks for 9 years of opening our eyes! Your special type of intelligence is creativity and we are all the better for it ❤

  • Jóhann Karl Rögnvaldsson
    Jóhann Karl Rögnvaldsson 15 днів тому +2

    Thank you so much for making this show, being a teacher and a companion for all these years.
    Yes the topics are important, educational and entertaining but you are just as important, (at least for me) so thank you for being you and being here.
    Happy anniversary! :)

  • 8-Bit Republic
    8-Bit Republic 14 днів тому +1

    Thanks for all the great content, and keep up the wonderful work. As for something you mentioned: a piece of battle debris reaching us. This sounds familiar. Remember the 1982 anime "Super Dimension Fortress Macross"? It started with an alien gunboat that folded out into our solar system and crashed (catastroiphically) on Earth in its attempt to escape another alien military force.

  • The Collector
    The Collector 16 днів тому +1

    Congratulations on your ninth year of content creation! Your dedication to exploring diverse topics has been truly fascinating. Speaking of which, I noticed that your second episode tackled the Fermi Paradox, albeit in a different context. Perhaps the solution to this enigma lies in a simpler perspective. Considering our limited observational capabilities, it's astonishing to think that we've only been studying the cosmos via astrology for a few millennia. With the aid of advanced telescopes, we're merely scratching the surface of celestial phenomena.
    Assuming our intelligible signals have been broadcasting for approximately a century, their range is restricted to a 100 light-year radius surrounding Earth. It's reasonable to infer that potential extraterrestrial life might not have received our messages yet, or they could be unaware of our existence due to the vastness of space.
    In essence, the answer to 'where is everyone?' is that we simply don't know, mainly because the universe is enormous.

  • Youngimperialist Mk II
    Youngimperialist Mk II 15 днів тому +3

    Grats on 9 years! I love how forward thinking, and optimistic you are.🎉

  • Natasha S
    Natasha S 14 днів тому

    Thanks for all your hard work over these years. You have truly opened my eyes and heart up to sci-fi! I have your videos playing as I lay down in bed. And usually wake up to the playlist still going. Has done wonders for my dreams, used to have nightmares every single night. Now it’s not as often and if I am having nightmares they are at least movie worthy lol.

  • Jeremy Pace
    Jeremy Pace 15 днів тому +1

    Congratulations on 9 years, Issac. I just wish I could have several long-duration discussions with you about Creationism, Electric Universe Theory, UFO aliens, and the real agenda out in space, and in other dimensions.

  • cyrilio
    cyrilio 15 днів тому +1

    Congrats on 9 years SFIA. Love your work and hope you keep doing it for a long time to come.

  • Ken Lee
    Ken Lee 10 днів тому

    9 years, wow, time flies.
    Congratulations upon all the milestones you mentioned!
    Keep it up!
    Thank you for all the thought provoking you do!

  • Michael Welch
    Michael Welch 15 днів тому

    Those graphics are gorgeous! I'm glad to see you doing well Isaac! Congratulations on 9 years of epic content!

  • Prakash Chandrashekar
    Prakash Chandrashekar 14 днів тому

    Thanks Isaac for all the great content! The litle bit about the entire labyrinth world being just a memorial to one war was spine tickling and hair raising!

  • UndoDruid
    UndoDruid 16 днів тому +7

    35:00 - but we're also here for you. Thank you for making such great videos and adding your knowledge to the world in a digestible way!

  • Wayland Phoenix
    Wayland Phoenix 16 днів тому +7

    This episode really reminded me a lot of two things. Schlock Mercenary, a webcomic. And Eclipse Phase, A TTRPG. Thanks for another great episode, Isaac.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +2

      Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Antediluvian Atheist
      Antediluvian Atheist 15 днів тому +2

      i know both.

    • 05Matz
      05Matz 13 днів тому

      Ooh, yes, both of those! A comic I need to get back into, and a criminally-underrated TTRPG!

  • Cannonfodder43
    Cannonfodder43 15 днів тому +1

    Nine years and still going strong.
    Another fantastic video, Isaac, and congrats on the nine years of this channels operation. There is nothing on the internet quite like this, informative and hopeful of the future.
    And what a future it may be. I hope to experience it with you later.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  15 днів тому +1

      May we see that day, and good to hear from you again :)

  • chrisloUSA
    chrisloUSA 15 днів тому

    Congratulations, I have been following you for the last few years and the content has always been educational/interesting. Please keep up the good work for years to come!

  • jRivers
    jRivers 7 днів тому

    Been watching since like episode 12 or so.
    Your work is a veritable corpus of great creativity and controlled reasoning.
    Thanks for helping build Nebula!

  • Foracal
    Foracal 15 днів тому +1

    Such an inspiring episode even if it's about an end point about entophy wining and how we could maybe go to those stars! Another amazing one Isaac Arthur

  • Max Lee
    Max Lee 14 днів тому

    Since I found this 6 years ago, this is one of the weekly shows I look forward to. Thanks for being yourself and sharing your thoughts with us.

  • Joel Mulder
    Joel Mulder 15 днів тому

    We are grateful to get to listen to you every week Isaac. It’s been an amazing 9 years, and I can’t wait for the future of SFIA!

  • RyanDoesStuffApparently
    RyanDoesStuffApparently 15 днів тому

    Wow, congratulations on 9 years. That means I’ve been watching for 6 years now. I still remember when I first found your old megastructures video on a free documentaries website. It was 3 years in then. When I found it, I proceeded to consume everything on your channel like I was sitting at a kingly feast and I’d been starving. Finished them in a matter of days. Now I’m glad I get a couple meals a week from this channel haha. Thanks for everything you do. Here’s to 1000 years more.

  • G Leaugey
    G Leaugey 15 днів тому

    Glad that you're in the same space and time! Keep up the good work and Congrats Isaac!!! There are plenty of channels that cover similar topics but we choose to come here because of you. Never forget that.

  • First Last
    First Last 14 днів тому +1

    Massive congrats, it's been amazing watching this channel grow over the years, all the love my friend.

  • Lord Mon
    Lord Mon 16 днів тому +15

    You need, or we need, a single video showcasing all these amazing animations from all your vids.

  • Handsome Dan's Vacation Rentals
    Handsome Dan's Vacation Rentals 15 днів тому +1

    Congratulations on 9 wonderful years. I’m sure there’s been ups, downs, and everything in between but I’m here for the next 9 if you keep making content :)

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  15 днів тому

      Thank you, I'll keep making vids ;)

  • Ramon Pizarro
    Ramon Pizarro 15 днів тому +2

    Happy 9 year anniversary, Isaac, i hope to be bingeing this channel in preparation for the new episode a century or two from now, while I'm vacationing on one of the many Aldrin Cyclers that head to Mars and back

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  15 днів тому +1

      I just got talked into putting "Life on Aldrin Cycler" on one of the upcoming episode polls, I wish I could go on one and get some first hand experience with what it would be like to be on one :)

  • David Steele
    David Steele 15 днів тому +1

    Sir, that was a wonderful thank you towards the end of the episode, and putting some real life perspective into things was fantastic. Happy nine years! 👍❤

  • Andrew Palfreyman
    Andrew Palfreyman 16 днів тому +1

    Very enjoyable Isaac, and you make a salient point that, with FTL, even a galaxy-wide conflict could be resolved in relatively short order. Perhaps this hints at yet another answer to Fermi.

  • Katini
    Katini 15 днів тому +1

    9 years of great content. This is my favorite channel on the platform.

  • Wesley Miller
    Wesley Miller 12 днів тому

    Finding derelict ruins of an ancient, long-dead, civilization would be incredibly fascinating
    It’s like how I felt in the video game Subnautica, where I came across abandoned alien facilities, and I pieced together what they were doing before they left
    The sequel removed a lot of the mystery

  • KKkacperro
    KKkacperro 15 днів тому

    I've only been watching for a year but congratulations on your milestone. Almost a decade is amazing man 👏

  • Derrick Ross
    Derrick Ross 16 днів тому +2

    Thank you for the awesome videos that you put out. I'm sure everybody on here is going to say something similar. We also thank you for your service 👍

  • Anticlaassic
    Anticlaassic 16 днів тому +7

    I love the idea of near future humanity discovering a mountain sized piece of debris from an alien spaceship hurtling through the sol system an scrambling to land scientific teams aboard to investigate it.
    You could make am Andy Weir style hard sf novel or go more in the direction of 70s horror movies in space. You could also take a page out of Alastair Reynolds books (especially revalation space and inhibitor phase)
    You could even use it as a jumping off point for humanity in a future histories book series.

      ANGRYWOLVES 16 днів тому

      There awas a movie like that once.The problem was it had vampires on it that you woke up...

    • Anticlaassic
      Anticlaassic 16 днів тому

      @ANGRYWOLVES which one was that?!

  • kskaiseraaron
    kskaiseraaron 13 днів тому

    Dang your ending made me tear up a bit. Your family is amazing and I hope so much that you can complete your adoption. I love your show and while I did not discover this channel until last year I have watched all your old episodes. In a crazy and divided world this channel brings me calm and peace.

  • Smerg the Dargon
    Smerg the Dargon 15 днів тому +1

    The planet-sized war memorial labyrinth is one of the most metal things you've come up with on this channel, Arthur.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  15 днів тому +1

      Yeah that one really stuck in my head once it popped in, I hope someone will make it into some good art one day.

  • Ryan Spowart
    Ryan Spowart 15 днів тому +1

    9 years and I still get exited every week to listen to your videos, through high school, uni and onwards, can't wait for what future topics will be covered.

  • Travers Eubank
    Travers Eubank 16 днів тому +3

    While I haven't been here since the VERY beginning, I have watched damn near every vid you've uploaded over the last five or six years. Thank you for nine years of content, here's to hoping for at least nine more.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +1

      I'm glad you're still enjoying it, I hope we'll both still be here in 9 years to check :)

  • Iwan Pieterse
    Iwan Pieterse 15 днів тому +1

    Congratulations on 9 Years! Thanks for all the excellent content all these years.

  • J.J. Shank
    J.J. Shank 15 днів тому

    Hi Isaac!
    I can't imagine anything that could take out an interstellar civilization -- at least not without leaving an even more visible aftermath -- but perhaps that's just a lack of imagination.

  • Ben W
    Ben W 15 днів тому +1

    Wow, 9 years. I wonder when I first heard one of Isaac's episodes and then I wonder how long before I subscribed. I remember very early stuff, being impressed by the thoroughness and scif-fi / science geek fun, and wondering if there was a hearing impairment plus the speech patterns. And after a few episodes, I subscribed. I'm way used to the voice now too. -- I also remember very early episodes from Anton Petrov at his channel, and how it has changed and improved over the years. Brilliant and interesting stuff. -- Ad John Michael Godier's speculative and science topics. These three are all great for anyone who likes space and science and science fiction.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  15 днів тому +1

      There's two names I'm always glad to be positively compared to :) Reminds me I need to call or email John soon, I keep getting distracted.

  • mario degroote
    mario degroote 15 днів тому +1

    congrats on the 9 years of amazing work, i can only say, respect sir, its an amazing journey

  • The real Speedwagon
    The real Speedwagon 16 днів тому +3

    I can tell you are quite the fan of Stellaris, as a lot of your sci-fi tropes are there. Just that it hand waves some of the gritty, more hard sci-fi problems like FTL communication and logistics. However fallen empires are very cool. Empires that were once prosperous and controlled much of the galaxy that have since stagnated from some great interstellar war or some other reason and now live as tiny husks of their former glory.

  • ilejovcevski79
    ilejovcevski79 15 днів тому +1

    Very good point on us often paying more attention to the "brute force" aspects of futuristic warfare, while neglecting the "smart ways".
    As for speed of engagements though, at least in warfare here on Earth, max speed of a vehicle is almost never the same as tactical speed or engagement speed. Yeah it pays off to give your projectiles or missiles that extra oomph, by going the speed of heat, but as far as actual maneuvering or evading, going as fast as possible, usually makes you an easier target, especially for guided weapons.

  • Kikunosuke777
    Kikunosuke777 16 днів тому +3

    Thank you for your hard work and quality content

  • Arrjay
    Arrjay 14 днів тому

    I'm a 62 year-old life time sci-fi fan and I have come to love your videos.
    To my perception too much contemporary sci-fi is more sci-fantasy.
    Having someone talk about the hard science on subjects that are my favourite sci-fi subjects is fantastic.
    I despair sometimes at finding true hard sci-fi. My background is more arts based than tech based, so I may not recognize the fantasy element in something like an FTL drive, but there is always that little voice in the back of my mind questioning the tech. It is delightful to have someone present the reality of these concepts.
    Too often I feel that what passes for sci-fi is just gothic mediaeval romances transferred into the future with some pseudo-tech spin to make it mildly palatable. Unfortunately, for me, they still taste boringly familiar. (P.S.; you can borrow that line if you like.)

  • sausageslaps
    sausageslaps 15 днів тому

    keep them coming Issac, you are an inspiration to me and my love of the universe and the possibility of aliens and travel to distant parts of the galaxy if it ever comes.

  • Sparadin
    Sparadin 15 днів тому +1

    Congratulations man! You deserve all you've achieved and more.

  • Shawn Johnson
    Shawn Johnson 16 днів тому +2

    Hard to believe that it's been 9 years already. It's like my dad would say, time flies like an arrow, and fruit flies like a banana.

  • Shockeray
    Shockeray 13 днів тому

    Congratulations on 9 years! I have watched and loved so many of your videos.

  • Karel Young
    Karel Young 15 днів тому

    The Empire collapse stuff reminds me of the Backstory of the David Weber Series, Dahak, especially book 2
    The Empire was (a) against a Genocidal alien civilization, and (b) they also took them selves out with a combination of a hyperspace based matter transporter and an escaped bio-weapon
    Love your video's they are quite interesting and thought provoking!

  • Tim Carmichael
    Tim Carmichael 15 днів тому +2

    Thank you sincerely for what you do - I feel a great debt to you and profound gratitude for your efforts - there is no nobler contribution than to illuminate and expand the consciousness and imaginations of others.

  • rationalthought
    rationalthought 12 днів тому

    As an NSS member myself I just wanted to say thank you for your entertaining but well thought out videos and your contributions to space popularizing. I too have thought about the Fermi Paradox and have grown more pessimistic over time. Our own civilization is on track to start depopulating soon- and the more advanced countries are frequently depopulating the fastest. Furthermore, while the more developed countries educate more people, the actual decisions they make are proof that education and critical thinking skills are not the same. I believe that, like the matrix "reality" is less entertaining (and certainly harder) than simulation. Future civilization may tend to look inward and retreat to the more satisfying virtual worlds which don't worry about ESG and the difficulties of the real world. Without Elon Musk we would likely be no further along to colonizing Mars than we were 50 years ago and is testament to the inward-looking trajectory and navel gazing our civilization has become. That's why I appreciate your videos'- they are optimistic and capture the excitement that our intelligentsia don't feel. Keep up the good work.

  • Sheldor Le Concher
    Sheldor Le Concher 7 днів тому

    Blindsight was a truly terrifying novel - loved it!

  • rubikfan1
    rubikfan1 14 днів тому +2

    Have been a fan for my of these years. Nearly from the start. Never have i seen a youtuber with such a consistent good video's. Every single one is good.
    And i love the positive futurisem. So many channels focus on the negative stuff these days. Its good we have some possitives aswell

  • Pale Horseman
    Pale Horseman 15 днів тому +2

    What I think would be cool would be to make a near future/ cyberpunk crime drama. The characters travel to many destinations, but they never have a large panoramic shot. Then, as the movie ends, we pan up and out to reveal it all took place in a O'Neil Cylinder, and there are thousands of them 💫

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  15 днів тому

      That would be a neat twist, especially if it had been casually alluded to in minor ways throughout.

  • Anthony Alfred Yorke
    Anthony Alfred Yorke 15 днів тому +1

    Congratulations Isaac, thanks for all great, informative and enjoyable shows, Happy Spacey Birthday. Here's to the next nine years. God bless you and your family. PEACE and LOVE to EVERYONE ❤❤.

    CYI3ERPUNK 15 днів тому

    isnt it wild how we have stories like Ozymandias and its so pithy and concise , and yet still the lessons are lost and not learned/known widely XD ; grateful to have u with us Isaac and hopefully we'll still be here for another 9 years , looking forward to the future IA & AI collabs =] ; here's my on-topic proposition - we are the result of a prior alien civilization and our current technological progress is exactly that [like mentioned , our current history is less than a million years , basically a blink of an eye on galactic timescales] getting 'back into the fight' so-to-speak , we were either seeded here and/or manipulated/directed to evolve as we did , and now we are functionally the biological boot-loader for the future machine intelligence ; what comes next? who knows , but i hope to be around to see it ; stay safe everyone =]

  • justsayjay
    justsayjay 15 днів тому +1

    This guy is so freaking wholesome, imaginative and knowledgeable!

  • Pwnicus ♬
    Pwnicus ♬ 16 днів тому +3

    I'm so glad YT decided to recommend your Iron Stars vid back in 2016 to me. Here's hoping for many more years of quality content! Congrats on 9 years!

    ANGRYWOLVES 16 днів тому +1

    Like the expanse. Maybe someday there will be another series that explains what happened to the gate builders and the pink fog creators.
    Mass Effects Reapers , viruses like Stephen Kings Captain Tripps, causing rival civilizations suns to go nova, lot of reasons for fallen empires out there.
    Thank you for your contributions to our society and the quest for knowledge and understanding.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +1

      I'm gonna guess not :( Mysterious precursors aliens are better left as a mystery, when authors dip into them in detail it tends to do to them what Trek did to the Borg & Q and what SG-1 did to the ancients, or Babylon 5 or MAss Effect did tot heir ancient aliens, make them seem kinda incompetent.

  • Urdnot Chuckles
    Urdnot Chuckles 14 днів тому

    There's a great precursor civilization storyline in Stellaris that talks about a past empire that reasoned the universe was a simulation. And to escape the simulation, they needed to cause a disruption like tons of people dying all at once. So they detonated enormous antimatter bombs on every planet, habitat, outpost, and ship they had all at the same time. Weather people wanted to join in the collective suicide or not. One of the many dark yet interesting stories in that game. Congrats on 9 years eh! It has been a heck of a ride.

  • Agamon
    Agamon 16 днів тому +8

    Amazing. Watching and listening since ep 1, and to think its been 9 years already

  • Oldtaku_DD
    Oldtaku_DD 15 днів тому +2

    The man's speech impediment is light-years better then the start of the channel. Man's an inspiration to people with trouble speaking in public

  • dfgdfg
    dfgdfg 15 днів тому

    These visuals are wayyyyy better than the distracting costumes. Thank you Issac 💛

  • Jeffrey Peterson
    Jeffrey Peterson 15 днів тому

    Don't sell yourself short. We love the topics, but we absolutely adore you and you're positive outlook. Long live sfia, long live Issac!

  • Sean OBrien
    Sean OBrien 15 днів тому

    Congratulations on 9 years of videos! I am glad I found the channel. The Sunday video is something I always look forward to now.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  15 днів тому +1

      They're some of my favorite episodes to make :)

  • GF L
    GF L 16 днів тому +7

    After witnessing so many anniversaries of the channel I really hope, transhumanism permitting, to be still here when Isaac becomes president of the United Federation of Planets

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +6

      That would be awesome, though I can't help but suspect that later history would annotate me as the last UFP president, after bankrupting the UFP to build Megastructures :)

  • Holden Pope
    Holden Pope 16 днів тому +1

    Congrats on nine years, and as a Stellaris player, I like seeing a term used there used here.

  • The Ronin
    The Ronin 16 днів тому +1

    Ive loved your channel for years, I just wanted to say thanks Isaac!

  • Evan Dipasquale
    Evan Dipasquale 15 днів тому

    Thats wild I've been listening/watching your videos for 9 yrs. Always enjoyed listening to your videos during my drive to and from work as well as while I'm working. Keep up the excellent work 👏

  • Quantum Inc
    Quantum Inc 15 днів тому

    You could still have the storyline where you find ancient alien technology, or the doings of the powerful precursors set up the setting, while also having some fragment out there somewhere trying to rebuild. If the ancient empire was much larger than your current empire then there might in fact be survivors trying to rebuild, they are just beyond known space. Of course if fallen empires are central to your worldbuilding, the realistic answer is that all or most of the factions in your setting are survivors trying to rebuild, each competing to be the one who reclaims that greatness. To a degree, I just described medieval Europe.

  • playwars
    playwars 16 днів тому +6

    Yes ! Fallen Empires ! My favourite subject in sci-fi ! So much so that I basically integrate it in some level or another in all of my novels XD
    (Awww crap, editing the message to fix a mistake took off Isaac's heart. Oh well).

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому

      It can be added back :)

    • playwars
      playwars 15 днів тому

      ​@Isaac Arthur Thank you ! You've been a huge inspiration -and source of knowledge- for my novels ! I was wondering, would it be alright with you if I included an easter egg to you in one of my books ?

  • Dumb Dumb
    Dumb Dumb 16 днів тому +3

    For some now lost reason several years ago i searched for dyson sphere on UA-cam.
    I signed up to UA-cam just to subscribe to this channel.
    300+ more channel subscriptions later Isaac you are still a favourite 👍

  • Lasse Victor Larsen
    Lasse Victor Larsen 4 дні тому

    These videos are wonderful, it amazes me that they aren't more wide spread😊

  • Nineonine
    Nineonine 13 днів тому

    Made the best content for so many years, been so long, always wonder how you do not run out of content, though I do have to wonder, how do you come across all these concepts and ideas, just spend all your time reading, learning and hearing the ideas of those knowledgeable in these fields?
    I love reading or watching sci fi and understand what everything is, but your knowledge of things is so vast, makes me think there is nothing you do not know =P.

  • Murasaki Nebula
    Murasaki Nebula 5 днів тому

    Yeah congrats on an anniversary. Hard to believe it was 9 years already. I'm only watching and support on patreon since 2016. When the expected milestone was 10k subs.

  • Jay McJakome
    Jay McJakome 15 днів тому +1

    This video reminded me of some old SF plots from the 1950-60 period, specifically the EE Doc Smith series that featured an infinity of technological advances available by ever deeper knowledge of the structure of the universe. Like other such series, they relied a great deal on "Deus ex machina" that always aided the good guys to defeat the bad guys. I eventually grew up and began to favor more realistic literature.
    Nothing on these videos is unrealistic [except as far as our present stage of development is concerned], and there are ample caveats throughout.

  • Satana
    Satana 15 днів тому

    Why does this feel so familiar? With the events that just passed (start of ww3 and how it went about) this has already been to pass. Just on a smaller scale. At the same time, AI just told us how to prevail with or without them...
    Drop the dead weight.
    Also I like that you used Star destroyers as the thumbnail. Makes perfect sense that they are resemble the shape of triangles. I always thought how unusual that they were the same shape as pyramids. Sheeves knew about that power lol.

  • Sean Hewitt
    Sean Hewitt 16 днів тому +2

    First off, congratulations on 9 years!, secondly, my favorite poem of all, 'Ozymandias'... and also; dusty plains make sandpaper winds, blown over deep blue dreams, scour the sky clean. My own statement on the downfall.

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  16 днів тому +1

      nice addition too, thanks for sharing.

  • Kobe Barka
    Kobe Barka 16 днів тому +1

    I can say that I unfortunately have not been here since the beginning but ever since I found Isaac’s channel I’ve loved it. To the Heights you have reached and those not yet achieved🍻. Live long and Prosper Friends 🖖🏻

    • Isaac Arthur
      Isaac Arthur  15 днів тому

      you too, and I'm glad you found us eventually :)