Seeding the stars
I was reading this article: http://story.malaysiasun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/b8de8e630faf3631/id/243780/cs/1/
and it got me thinking that if we ever got to the point where our values were very ecology-centric (survival and propagation of the earth ecology being more important than anything else), we might one day build capsules and point them at distant planets with organic material that has a good chance at surviving a particular environment.
perhaps even that that's how life on earth began...
April 24th, 2007 1:37pm
An interesting thing (not mentioned in the article) is that star is only 20 light years away. And red dwarfs can burn for tens of billions, upto trillions of years depending on size (I don't know the size of this star) -- so now we have somewhere to go when the solar system is no longer habitable.
April 24th, 2007 1:45pm
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April 24th, 2007 3:23pm
He can read the future!
"In Baxter's novel, America is ruled by a fundamentalist Christian president who is so hostile to science"
April 24th, 2007 3:44pm
>>This was a part of the plot for Titan.
but it misses out on the ecology part.
okay, here's my reasoning: as we becoming more "forward thinking" we begin to encompass more and more of our planet as part of our sense of self. environmental ethics touches on this, but i think it can be taken further.
if we harmonize who we are into this "gaia" type sense of oneness, then we may see very little difference between sending seeds of our ecology to other planets and colonizing them as humans....
April 24th, 2007 7:32pm