Abstract Horror (Note-1)

On twitter @SamoBurja has proposed the silence of the galaxy as an undeveloped horrorist topic. He’s right.

The absence of any signs of alien intelligence was first noted as a problem by Enrico Fermi in 1950. He found the gaping inconsistency between the apparent probability of widespread life in the cosmos and its obvious invisibility provocative to the point of paradox. “Where are they?” he asked. (Responses to this question, well represented in the Wikipedia references, have constituted a significant current of cosmological speculation.)

Among recent thinkers, Nick Bostrom has been especially dogged in pursuing the implications of the Fermi Paradox. Approaching the problem through systematic statistical ontology, he has shown that it suggests a ‘thing’ — a ‘Great Filter’ that at some stage winnows down potential galactic civilizations to negligible quantities. If this filtering does not happen early — due to astro-chemical impediments to the emergence of life — it has to apply later. Consistently, he considers any indications of abundant galactic life to be ominous in the extreme. A Late Great Filter would then still lie ahead (for us). Whatever it is, we would be on our approach to an encounter with it.

With every new exo-planet discovery, the Great Filter becomes darker. A galaxy teeming with life is a horror story. The less there is obstructing our being born, the more there is waiting to kill or ruin us.

If we could clearly envision the calamity that awaited us, it would be an object of terror. Instead, it is a shapeless threat, ‘Outside’ only in the abstract sense (encompassing the negative immensity of everything that we cannot grasp). It could be anywhere, from our genes or ecological dynamics, to the hidden laws of technological evolution, or the hostile vastnesses between the stars. We know only that, in strict proportion to the vitality of the cosmos, the probability of its existence advances towards inevitability, and that for us it means supreme ill.

Ontological density without identifiable form is abstract horror itself. As the Great Filter drifts inexorably, from a challenge that we might imaginably have already overcome, to an encounter we ever more fatalistically expect, horrorism is thickened by statistical-cosmological vindication. The unknown condenses into a shapeless, predatory thing. Through our techno-scientific sensors and calculations, the Shadow mutters to us, and probability insists that we shall meet it soon.

 

December 14, 2013admin 55 Comments »
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  • dduskklord Says:

    Periodic gamma-ray bursts and other rare but inevitable stellar cataclysms ensure that any sentience surviving and evolving long enough to colonize other systems will think and order itself in ways that, for us, the word alien fails to even approach.

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    Posted on December 14th, 2013 at 6:12 pm Reply | Quote
  • Handle Says:

    The answer to the puzzle: The Aliens Encrypt all their communications, so it just seems like random background noise to us.

    They did this for two reasons. Comprehensive Universal Digital Rights Management – so that not only Alien content corporations, but also individuals, could ensure no alien can ever makes an authorized copy of anything ever again. We have ‘snapchat’ to make sure no trade of naught pics ever gets used against our will in in indefinite future – they’ve advanced to the point where do that for everything.

    Also, Alien governments evolved to the totalitarian panopticon phase, and then everyone adopted encrypted everything – XenoCoin, XenoMail, XenoChat, etc. Hell XenoUrBit too.

    Finally, because of Alien government welfare ponzi schemes, the budget battles led to sequesters and the ditching of the short-lived and expensive ‘beacon’ pork barrel projects. They used so much electricity anyway, and so were deemed very non-green.

    Funny thing – this doesn’t seem to be ‘the distant future’ for us at all. It could happen on Earth in just a decade. Then the more junior partner Aliens will be out of luck looking for us.

    So; The Answer Is Exit.

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    VXXC Reply:

    Maybe the Aliens are using IPv666.
    =============================================

    Exit WHERE?!!?

    WHERE?!?!?

    You are exiting from the people who have politicized Toilet Paper and how it’s used.
    [If you’re not in the US, we’re not kidding].

    There isn’t a Texaco Shitter in the remotest Dakotas or Saskatchewan where if the word Nigger is found scrawled they won’t initiate a national or International Task Force Investigation. Knowing that it’s probably a Prog hoax again from the outset.

    There isn’t any cloaking device to hide you, Mr. Galt.

    Now I realize this is a light hearted post. But actual exit isn’t possible, not without off world colonies. Which aren’t happening on private sector budgets.

    And they’ll follow you, you know. For 400 years they’ve been chasing all humanity to the ends of the earth.

    Unless you want to live in Russia or China, and I don’t….

    Nor do I wish to run from them. A more pathetic and wretched gang never ruled. The Underclasses of the world and their Baby Mamas, Queers, drug addicts, embezzlers, frauds, Actors, bohemes, the professional chattering class. Cowards all above all. Why run? Run where?

    [If Exit is Metaphor, all well and good. If Literal do explain how it’s even possible].

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    Handle Reply:

    Ok, for your sake, I’ll be much more obvious instead of relying on the context cues.

    The Answer [to the question of why can’t we detect any Alien signals] Is [that they decided to] Exit [their own social confinements through ubiquitously secure communications]

    Better now?

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    VXXC Reply:

    I quite agree with everything you just said.

    whew.

    I’m really glad – thanks for my sake – that rational people realize physical exit is not a viable option.

    Thank you Handle, merry christmas.

    Posted on December 14th, 2013 at 6:21 pm Reply | Quote
  • nyan_sandwich Says:

    Here’s another take on it, less pessimistic (though I do hate to ruin the mood):

    All civilizations tend to singularity within a few hundred years of radio. The resulting Singleton expands at near the speed of light (let’s say .99c), ensuring that it is invisible from the outside except for that .01c delay.

    So if a civilization was born in this galaxy (100000 c*yr across), it is visible from the other end for only a 1200 yr window before it destroys the hypothetical observer.

    A singleton would tear apart reality down to the lowest level, so obviously we would not expect to find ourselves born afterwards. The question is only what fraction of civilizations being born are within that 1200 year window of the first.

    I don’t think even the craziest estimates imply that civilizations should crop up frequently enough that we would expect to see an oncoming wave of darkness (singletons will shut down stars).

    This leaves open a question, though: If we’re first, we are we so late?

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    nyan_sandwich Reply:

    Why so late? This might shed light, though does not solve: http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/~charley/papers/Icarus.pdf

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  • RS Says:

    Was reading about this few months ago. Apparently some people don’t think its that easy to detect info-bearing radio such as our television broadcasts. They’re too attenuated or something.

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    Handle Reply:

    99% of the galaxy isn’t yet in range of any powerful human radio transmission even if they were somehow able to detect the extremely-weakened-by-immense-distance bits of electromagnetic flux that landed on their antennae.

    The farthest we’ve communicated by radio is to Voyager 1 (nearly dead now, having run out of hot plutonium) which is now just over 125AU out. Even though both sides are trying to communicate with each other and know where they are, it’s been very spotty from sheer distance even in the past when the power situation was better.

    But a single light year is 63,240 AU – 500 times farther. Over 70 years of transmission goes out to 4.5 Million AU, so 36,000 times farther than voyager, or less than 1 billionth of that already tiny level of flux.

    Let’s say the Aliens detect something tomorrow and try to beacon back. It would take another 70 years.

    Even if we’re not, we might as well be alone.

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  • Alex Says:

    A Great Filter is pretty horroristic but somewhat lacking in melodrama. Pulp sf offers three alternative explanations for the Fermi ‘paradox’:

    – If we encountered aliens why should we expect to know about it? The aliens might be just too alien to be recognised as such.

    – The aliens are in hiding, making a careful study of our weaknesses before launching their invasion. (Or, if you prefer, waiting until we’re sufficiently spiritually evolved for them to safely emerge and invite us to join the Galactic Federation.)

    – The aliens are in plain sight but we don’t want to acknowledge their existence. “An SEP,” he said, “is something that we can’t see, or don’t see, or our brain doesn’t let us see, because we think that it’s somebody else’s problem. That’s what SEP means. Somebody Else’s Problem. The brain just edits it out, it’s like a blind spot. If you look at it directly you won’t see it unless you know precisely what it is. Your only hope is to catch it by surprise out of the corner of your eye.”

    Of course these alternatives are not mutually exclusive.

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    Neener Reply:

    Or they are here, and we acknowledge their existence as Gods, fairies, boogeymen, and UFOs: http://runesoup.com/2013/05/sync-saints-when-the-neighbours-drop-by-unannounced/

    Gods, fairies, and greys that seem to have an obsession with outer space:

    http://secretsun.blogspot.com.au/2008/11/very-sirius-election-bringing-it-all.html

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    Alex Reply:

    Or they are here, and we acknowledge their existence as Gods, fairies, boogeymen, and UFOs

    If you go down that route, intriguing questions of the entities’ motivation arise. Impassive indifference seems implausible given their apparent desire to interact with humanity.

    Gods, fairies, and greys that seem to have an obsession with outer space

    Who’da thunk it? ; )

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    nyan_sandwich Reply:

    They can’t just hide their activities. If they are smart enough to be flying around in spaceships, they are smart enough to reach singularity or at least Kardashev III, at which point the stars go out.

    The stars represent a colossal waste of energy. The incentive to turn off or otherwise contain the stars is so huge that it would override all other concerns. We know they don’t exist because *the stars are still burning.*

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    Michael Anissimov Reply:

    This.

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    . Reply:

    Why do internet rationalists assumes that all processes — including processes that may have properties of secretiveness, deception, or security — can be discovered through their keen powers of rationalism?

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    pseudo-chrysostom Reply:

    assuming otherwise is less fun.

    Alex Reply:

    Why do internet rationalists assumes that all processes — including processes that may have properties of secretiveness, deception, or security — can be discovered through their keen powers of rationalism?

    assuming otherwise is less fun.

    Might as well have fun before the Great Filter gets us.

    admin Reply:

    “We know they don’t exist because *the stars are still burning.*” — I concur.

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    Neener Reply:

    Alex, do you have a blog by the way? You are one of the few commenters here that take preternatural phenomenon ontologically seriously. Something most people IRL don’t anyway (because hey, it is kinda crazy). But then you have the paradoxical state of affairs in this part of the blogosphere wherein some (not all, obviously) members of the right are for religion as a sociological phenomenon, yet ignore the ontological implications of such beliefs. Beliefs which really do posit some elements of cosmic horror were they true, e.g. chanting, many-eyed, rotating wheels of fire from beyond space and time, or being stalked in the forest by beings of light who can read your thoughts, or horned prophets.

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    Muad'Dib Reply:

    Dr Vallee/Lacombe to the white courtesy phone…

    ps Horned Moses is the result of a mistranslation if memory serves.

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    Alex Reply:

    do you have a blog by the way?

    No but I’ve got a great title — Believe in the Ruins.

    You are one of the few commenters here that take preternatural phenomenon ontologically seriously. Something most people IRL don’t anyway (because hey, it is kinda crazy).

    Someone once said people can believe anything provided it’s sufficiently implausible. Some people say the laws of physics popped into existence ex nihilo or brought themselves into existence according to themselves.

    But then you have the paradoxical state of affairs in this part of the blogosphere wherein some (not all, obviously) members of the right are for religion as a sociological phenomenon, yet ignore the ontological implications of such beliefs.

    Much as some religion-friendly members of the left regard it primarily as a means of furthering the cause of social justice.

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    pseudo-chrysostom Reply:

    one attempts to repudiate religions one is conscious of, and falls back on ones one is not conscious of.

    Posted on December 15th, 2013 at 12:35 am Reply | Quote
  • pseudo-chrysostom Says:

    in a cosmological sense, proteins started mishmashing relatively recently on this rock, theres a chance that its us who is the ‘elder race’.

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    nyan_sandwich Reply:

    That is evident, but the question is why so late? The galaxy has been habitable for billions of years and we expect life to be common.

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    Posted on December 15th, 2013 at 1:01 am Reply | Quote
  • VXXC Says:

    Speaking of Exit, Ireland has exited the Eurozone Bailout, thanks to austerity.

    “We can’t go mad again”

    “the employment minister, Richard Bruton, praised the way the Irish accepted their newly straitened circumstances without taking to the streets, as in Greece and Portugal, describing the “patriotism in the way people approached this crisis”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/dec/13/ireland-first-country-exit-eurozone-bailout

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  • VXXC Says:

    We may be near a 1942 moment – an Alcubierre Warp Drive …

    http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/164326-nasa-discusses-its-warp-drive-research-prepares-to-create-a-warp-bubble-in-the-lab

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    VXXC Reply:

    So cheer up. Proxima Centauri may be only a couple of weeks away. That TV will take thousands of years to reach there is a blessing. When we meet the aliens it’s going to be embarrassing down the road when those transmissions arrive. Perhaps TV should be intombed with the 20th century, whenever it does finally end.

    And lets get things down here SORTED. So we can go UP and out there.

    America and I daresay the world need a Frontier, and we have a global surplus of young men with too much education and not enough prospects. Colonies have been a solution to this problem since the Phoenicians. ** It might also get the Japanese to do something with their brilliant stock other than play with toys and themselves for instance.

    I fear the Judgement of God over what America did to the Japanese, I really do. We’d better get out of here before they pay us back.

    **which really should settle the argument about colonalism.

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    fotrkd Reply:

    Judgement of God, eh? You been reading Deleuze too?

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    j. ont. Reply:

    VXXC is obviously Nick Land.

    Hey Nick, what’s the body without organs?

    VXXC Reply:

    No not familiar. Just looked at the Japanese Before/After.

    Uggh. What have we done.

    admin Reply:

    “And lets get things down here SORTED. So we can go UP and out there.” — The prioritization suggested here might not be entirely self-evident. The Outer frontier could be required to provide the leverage needed to “get things down here SORTED.”

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    VXXC Reply:

    Well then Sorted enough to get UP.

    There are precedents Admin. The Mediterranean, The Dutch War of Independence from Spain, The New World itself. The North American colonies. Conflict at home didn’t stop colonies.

    We should all in our way wait for nothing. Those who are to go UP, go UP. Go Elon. [gag].

    Those who are to attack, attack. If nothing else to give space at last for the bright and creative to advance our country and our race. When you’re too weak to defend [that’s the Right last 100 plus years at least] ATTACK.

    SORTED means functional and moving again, not perfection, AI, optimizing for intelligence [tests] or the rest of the New Right Prog social engineering.

    Forget social engineering, let’s have some real engineering.

    Those who wish to concentrate on Truth and Beauty – Monasteries.

    VXXC Reply:

    Admin once we’re up then who cares about the slums of Earth?

    I would like America the homeland to be nice and safe, but it’s borders can be restricted nicely to the 50 states. I don’t care about the rest.

    That’s what America is now, Global Slumlord, with DoD as the maintenance Superintendent.

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  • Neener Says:

    One of the most horrific events here on Earth has already happened. The latest research on what killed the Dinosaurs says they all died on the same day. See this lecture by this geophysicist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8AAdjMwjVs

    Imagine that, hundreds of millions of years of evolution nearly all wiped out in 24 hours. The process described in the lecture above was this: the impact that created the Chicxulub crater threw ejecta up into the atmosphere. Once this ejecta re-entered the atmosphere it heated up and covered the entire planet, causing global firestorms. The only lifeforms to survive were burrowing animals and plants with seeds that survive fire. Also, scientists found a similar process occurred on Jupiter when Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit it. The flash from Jupiter broke instruments here on Earth monitoring it (!). Guess what size the ejecta on Jupiter was? The size of Earth. The Shoemaker comet was considerably smaller than the one that killed the dinosaurs, yet the heatwave and ejecta it produced was fucking massive.

    Also, in the last twenty years there has been research on whether there are patterns in the extinction cycles (aka “biodiversity cycles”). The wikipedia page here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extinction_event#Patterns_in_frequency

    says there is research contradicting it, but if you dig into the literature in the last five years there really seems to be a cycle happening. It seems to be an ontological reality. However, it is unknown what the causative factor is behind the cycle (some argue that is domestic processes, like Volcanism/mantle plumes, other’s argue it might be something to do with Galactic cycles). This paper is a recent summation of the view: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.1884

    And here is a recent paper on the galactic cycle theory: http://arxiv-web3.library.cornell.edu/abs/1309.4838

    Off topic, but I found this subreddit that is up your alley Nick: http://www.reddit.com/r/DarkFuturology/

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    admin Reply:

    Superb link fest. Thanks.

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    Muad'Dib Reply:

    Clube & Napier have been tolling the comet doom bell since the 80’s. Discoveries since then have bolstered their Centaur -> disintegrating Earth orbit crossers model.

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  • Jake Says:

    I don’t think we can be that certain that there haven’t been any signs of alien intelligence. There have been enough encounters of UFOs from credible eyewitnesses like commercial airline pilots, military personnel, etc., not just lone nuts out in the woods, for decades now to suggest that a categorical dismissal of any signs of aliens is probably untenable. Literally thousands from military pilots alone.

    Look into the work of the physicist Stanton Friedman who is a serious researcher:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanton_Friedman

    Friedman states that he has reached major conclusions on the basis of his research dating back to the late 1950s. These can be summarised as follows:[2]

    There is overwhelming evidence that planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft. Some UFO’s are ET spacecraft, though most are not.
    A few people in the U.S. and other governments have known the above since at least 1947 and employ a “need-to-know” policy regarding this knowledge; that is, the knowledge is highly classified as sensitive military information.

    Some of the most compelling cases were in Iran 1976, Alaska in 1986, and in Belgium in 1990.

    There is obviously lots of junk out there on this whole issue, but there is compelling stuff as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/SDisclosure/videos

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    Neener Reply:

    @Jake

    Cool link. Richard Dolan’s stuff is also worth checking out:

    http://youtu.be/W8FGGqSW2XU?t=1m1s

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  • bob sykes Says:

    First, astronomers have detected exoplanets, but no one has found life anywhere but on earth. Second, faster than light travel and communication is impossible, worn holes not withstanding. So, while it is possible that other planetary civilizations exist (but not proven), there cannot be an interstellar civilization. And replicating space ships do not constitute a civilization.

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  • tfcrdnl Says:

    it may be that waves are in fact a form of fiction meant to represent stability and structure,
    think the translucence of the dark matter, energy . . . radiation as navie – communicate under or over, not through

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  • VXXC Says:

    Speaking of alien apocalypses and extinction level events, apparently China is considering opening itself to the Global Financial Community. Or system if you prefer…

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10513687/This-Chinese-revolution-would-change-the-world.html

    Oh Dear Admin. I keep telling people there’s no place to actually EXIT to…

    The author laments London not jumping in with both feet.

    I can hear Corzine cracking his knuckles….

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  • VXXC Says:

    LOL.

    I’m not Nick Land.

    I might be the Dark Side of his subconscious, the one whispering fire and sword, but I’m not actually Nick Land.

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    admin Reply:

    Trouble is, as pointed out by Lesser Bull on a previous thread, that’s exactly what I would say.

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    VXXC Reply:

    Maybe I’m a malevolent intelligence operation.

    Hell, there’s no maybe about it.

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  • natalie golovin Says:

    Why must the silence of the galaxies be a profound horror story? I find the mystery quite calming like the host @ pre Vatican II communion. In my inconsequential opinion-what divides people into those that are interesting (aka curious) or superficial is their answer to the question..Would you rather know the “secrets of the universe” with the cost being immediate “death” or have a healthy, long life guaranteed-with no revelations? The greatest sadness is in probably never knowing-not facing God-the alien enemy-chaos-whatever we can’t find-see/understand.

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    admin Reply:

    Horror stories are calming. It’s terror that gets people worked up.

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    pseudo-chrysostom Reply:

    to know the ‘big secrets’ would be an initiation. certainly a death of something, but ‘death’ as such obviously would not be a readily applicable concept then.

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  • Nick B. Steves Says:

    Are all the folks expecting all these signals aware of square law propagation loss? Rhetorical question, of course they are… But… I remember doing a calculation in “Antennas” class of the spherical radius from which we could differentiate signals from thermal (4 Kevin) space noise given: the aliens had a megawatt transmitter with like a couple kilometer antenna aimed directly at us and we had something like a kilometer receive antenna on this side, and the radius was only about 40 light years. So even if the galaxy is just chock full of advanced species trying to talk to us, we still probably couldn’t hear them… and sure then it’d probably be encrypted anyway… or in Xygrlxxyzzzydian.

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  • Arcane Says:

    Alastair Reynolds actually discussed this in his sci-fi horror book, Revelation Space. In this case, there is a machine intelligence known as the Inhibitors, which Wikipedia describes as:

    “the intelligence left over from a massive war — the Dawn War — that occurred between the first few civilizations that arose in the Milky Way galaxy. Initially an organic race, they later made use of extensive cybernetics to enhance themselves, and eventually discarded their organic forms entirely to become wholly machine. The hints of a quadrupedal, warm-blooded vertebrate (also known as mammalian) past can be faintly discerned in their architectures.
    They are non-sapient machinery, referring to themselves as post-intelligent. They function on unknown principles speculated in the novel to be femtotechnology or “structured” spacetime and are capable of self-replication. Their technology often manifests as black cubes of “pure force” and is immune to conventional human weaponry; the machinery is easily capable of dodging most weapons thrown at it (usually temporary holes will appear and allow the shot to pass through) or is simply unaffected by it. The machinery can only be defeated by alien weapons supplied by the Hades Matrix or the Nestbuilders. They were created by the survivors of the Dawn War and their task is to inhibit the spread of intelligent life beyond individual planets or solar systems: the purpose, stated in Redemption Ark, being to shepherd the galaxy through a crisis 3 billion years (or 13 Galactic Turns) in the future: the Andromeda–Milky Way collision. By confining sapient life to only a few planets, they make the process of moving stars and systems (for collision avoidance during the crisis) far easier and more centralized, thus preserving life. Consequently, they show little interest in non-sapient life, or civilisations that have not progressed beyond their own star system. However, when they have no choice, they will commit acts of xenocide in order to prevent life from spreading further.
    They are not sapient; however, in order to supervise and control the process of xenocide, they are capable of forming a sapient overseer from many less-than-sapient machines. They also have some very advanced technology, and know about fifteen ways to kill a star, including one that allows the core material of a star to gush out and be used as a sort of solar flamethrower on planets (shown in Redemption Ark). This is the exception rather than the rule however, as being forced to destroy an entire system to cull a single species is viewed as a moral defeat. Normally it is much preferred to exercise (relative) restraint and preserve the long-term ability of the affected worlds to support life.
    They do not actively monitor the galaxy in their wait for a new star faring culture to suppress, instead they plant a series of triggers near interesting phenomena or structures in the galaxy and wait for sapient life to activate those triggers. The Cerberus object around the neutron star Hades was one such object, and it was inadvertently activated by Dan Sylveste at the end of the book Revelation Space, thus triggering the events in the rest of the series.
    They are called wolves by the Conjoiners, because they lurk in the blackness of interstellar space and attack in packs.
    In the novels it becomes apparent that the Inhibitors are starting to fail in their mission as civilisations are getting further and further into space before being found and destroyed. In fact, in the last book Absolution Gap, in the epilogue, it is shown that humanity, with technological assistance from other star faring, albeit hidden, cultures (for example, the Nestbuilders), were able to push back the Inhibitors and establish an Inhibitor-free zone around human space. However, this introduced the problem of Greenfly, a terraforming-replicator gone wrong that ravaged systems.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Races_in_Revelation_Space#Inhibitors_.2F_Wolves

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    @dduskklord

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    Apologies for being dim, but if that’s a Twitter address, it’s not working for me.

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