Monday, August 9, 2010

Well, duh.

In an interview with website Big Think, Stephen Hawking warned that the long-term future of the planet is in outer space.
"It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet," he said.
"I see great dangers for the human race," Hawking said. "There have been a number of times in the past when its survival has been a question of touch and go. The Cuban missile crisis in 1963 was one of these. The frequency of such occasions is likely to increase in the future."
"But I'm an optimist. If we can avoid disaster for the next two centuries, our species should be safe, as we spread into space," he said.

I've always felt pretty much the same.  The easiest way to see that humanity survives not just the next hundred or thousand but hundred thousand years is going to lie in colonizing space.  

7 comments:

Kris said...

I had so many comments that it wouldn't let me post due to length--however, I'll be writing a full blog entry in response later today to make up for it. :)

tom said...

To quote myself :-)

...and in then end, the sun will blow up and the son will maybe come back or not and humans will die out or humanity will find a new lifeboat and none of it matters except the parts that make me laugh and justice and honesty. But it's more fun to hit THE X RING!

G-D will decide what of the rest matters as it's not for us to decide and we can't control it anyway.

Humans are the only animal I know of that imagine they can fix history and climates at points that they think they might like. It's an arrogance common in the species. I'm not entirely fatalist, but without humans, disasters can easily destroy all life on earth and with humans, disasters can easily destroy all life on earth.

I'm gonna colonize space, because I signed up for the deep space option for my cremated remains from a space services center out of Houston, Texas. Some people are astronauts until it kills them, when I die, I'm gonna be an astronaut!!! :-)

Cheers,
tom

RobertM said...

Kris, I look forward to your comments.

Kris said...

Yeah, sorry about the delay--I spoke too soon when I promised same day delivery. But it's coming. ;)

RobertM said...

I kind of figured that. ; )

Kris said...

Woot! I just finished up my essay on extraterrestrial colonization. I'm so glad I decided to rewrite everything from scratch. It's a lot longer than my original comment was going to be, but also much better organized and thought through. I'll get it typed up tomorrow (I usually write by hand) and wait a couple of days to go back over it with fresh eyes, and hopefully it'll be publish ready sometime this week. Thanks for your patience and all that jazz.

Kris said...

http://avril-writes.blogspot.com/2010/08/after-life-on-earth.html