Category Archives: Philosophy

The Philosophical Divide In Space

Go read this whole thread.

As I wrote a year and a half ago:

…we have to be ready for that debate. There is a moral case to be made for settling space by humanity, warts and all, and we have to be prepared to make it.

I think that many in the space community underestimate the depth of this cultural divide. And they’ve already deployed the race card against human expansion into the solar system.

Hillary Clinton

Book burner:

A liberal society is one in which everybody has free-speech rights. A society in which some people have free-speech rights and some do not, depending on the self-interested whim of people with political power, is a totalitarian society realized to a greater or lesser degree. Heinrich Heine’s advice on the connection between the treatment of books and the treatment of human beings is always and forever relevant.

As I wrote recently, Trump has never read the Constitution. She hates it.

Colonizing Mars

Is Elon religious enough to do it?

I don’t know, but I think there will be room for plenty of religions off planet, including new ones.

[Update a while later]

A new paper from the White House called “Making Human Settlement of Space a Reality” that contains almost nothing that would actually enable human settlement of space.

[Afternoon update]

Adam Routh wants to do Apollo again.