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The Earth is a Death Trap. How Will We Escape?

An excerpt from page 227 of Glenn Reynolds's An Army of Davids reminds us of the necessity of space colonization for the survival of the species.

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April 16, 2013 - 9:00 am

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I think we would just sicken and die in outer space. We are meant for the Earth and the Earth was meant for us. The bible speaks of a new heaven and a new earth. I don't think we can really imagine what that might be like.
1 year ago
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The earth is a dead rock and Mother Nature is a cruel tyrant. We must not worship either. God has given us dominion over all of nature to do with as we will in service of Him.
1 year ago
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The problem with the above is presuming that we'll be allowed to compete with China. In case you haven't noticed, we're currently being held hstage by an ideology that thinks everything bad in the world is our fault as a nation and that we deserve to fade away and die, and that ideology is doing its level best to make sure that happens.
1 year ago
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Ideologies cannot hold anyone hostage.
1 year ago
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I dunno about 'escape.' Wherever ya fo, there ya are. We bring our problems with us. In that poc, there is no 'escape.'

From another pov, the earth is a death trap. Almost anything can and will kill you, old age, aside. Poisonous bugs, germs, viruses, snakes, animal predators, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanism, meteor strikes, hurricanes and tornados, temperature extremes, famine. Gravity will do trick, often enough. Just trip on a loose rug and fall and land the wrong way and you're dead right there. It's a killer planet. So, even if new technologies allowed us to live forever, the numbers are against us. Sooner or later, something will get ya.

Then, after all that, we get into CME's, gamma bursts and near earth supernovas...

The universe is not a nice friendly neighborhood, let alone a secure and safe gated community.

That's just reality. It is what it is. Learning to deal with all of these things is the trick. There is no 'escape.'
1 year ago
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"The universe is not a nice friendly neighborhood, let alone a secure and safe gated community."
Actually it is. There aren't any Islamists, racists, or Nazis on the Moon and Mars. The problem is human evil. When we can't force evil people to stop being evil what we can do is leave them. That's why people left Europe and colonized the New World.

But I like your choice of avatar. Good luck as you begin your journey.
1 year ago
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I step into the unknown, and often enough, the unknowable, yet, I know exacrlky where I am headed. You think you know where you're going, but you live in fear of everything.

I know that I am a fool. You think that you are wise.

(See also: Shakespearean fool.)
1 year ago
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I do not know where I am going and I do not live in fear of everything. I do not think I am wise.
1 year ago
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I'd love to escape from Islamists, Commies, Nazis and other assorted socialists and do-gooders, but, when we colonize some other moon or planet, we'll also be taking our human nature along with us. Which means that we'll eventually have to keep fighting the same battles all over again that we fight on earth.

Interesting to think about living in a nice, lunar, non-Politically Correct colony, though. I would miss the changing of leaves in the fall though! :-)
1 year ago
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The problem of human nature is resolved when we evolve beyond being human. It's also resolved when we eliminate the problem of scarcity. All of our economics are based on there being not enough resources to fulfill everyone's desires. But when we get to the point that solar power is so effective that energy essentially becomes free then we're all going to have to start revising our ideological assumptions.
1 year ago
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Dave: we will NEVER "evolve beyond being human," not EVER. Understanding that fact of nature is the door to freedom.
1 year ago
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Does that mean you refuse to wear reading glasses? And you refuse to use technology? And you refuse to use medicine? Because those are all evolutions beyond being human. Just as our species is not at all like it was 500 years ago, 1000 years ago, etc. just in terms of average life expectancy and how tall people grow now with better nutrition.
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Yes, I'd love to think we could go colonize Mars and leave the leftists behind to do as they wish with Earth, but you know as soon as we've made Mars into a garden, they'll have ruined Earth and come up looking for new places to "improve."
1 year ago
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Ha! Exactly, aharris! Sort of like what happened to Vermont, Maine, Colorado, California, North Carolina....
1 year ago
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That's sort of like saying that life is a death trap. How will we escape?
1 year ago
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We'll get to Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity soon enough.
1 year ago
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Still can't see how that trumps entropy.
1 year ago
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The third heresy from Howard Bloom's "The God Problem" is that entropy is wrong. http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/04/10/the-13-weeks-radical-reading-regimen/7/
1 year ago
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I think I'd agree with three of the five and I do miss the ability to use html tags in responses.
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