Monday, February 12, 2007

Smart People

You will see this meme pop up in the oddest places. Taxis drivers, fellas from Oshkosh (Hi Jesse) language teachers in Japan ..
I don’t disagree with his main point—most of our planet’s surface is covered with water and I do believe the oceans present exciting and valuable opportunities for the future—but I found it extremely odd and disappointing for someone talking about long-term survival to dismiss space exploration, especially using such a simplistic argument.
Colonizing the oceans isn’t going to make a damned bit of difference when the next asteroid hits. Or protect us from nuclear war or a pandemic. It’s still basically keeping all the eggs in one basket. The real frontier is above, not below.
You'd almost think there is something to that - when a guy with no bias for any particular launch scheme or company writes about long-term species survival.
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