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    Liberal Thinking, dorkenergy

    the point of a permanent presence "out there" is as an alternative once we have totally trashed our home world. I still say we should work on maintaining the earth. (Actually, I've been making this argument for a very long time, even before the moon landing. When I was in elementary school, I argued in a debate that we should put more resources into exploring the oceans rather than space--a position I still hold.)

    A permanent presence "out there" I can see--but routine space travel is something that simply doesn't make sense. Let's not forget, 2001 is now in the rear-view mirror (as is 1984, thank God!). Our future is taking a different turn--the real challenge is going to maintaining our technological civilization without our traditional energy sources--instead of flying cars, we may be going for flying bicycles. Routine space travel? Don't think so. But is earth really all that boring? Again, I don't think so.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 09:18:26 PM PST

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