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October 20, 2005

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Let's Be a Multiple-Planet Species, Shall We?

I know some of us here on this blog aren’t too keen on funding space science, but you gotta admit there’s something compelling about the NASA chief’s argument in this WaPo interview.

Or maybe he’s wrong to be worried about ‘mass extinctions.’ Are we sufficiently advanced and resourceful that we could survive a cataclysm here on earth?

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Posted October 20, 2005 at 11:31 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Snarkpolicy, Technosnark

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Um, do we also have to admit there's something compelling about his creepy, Cold-War-era xenophobia?

Are we sufficiently advanced and resourceful that we could survive a cataclysm here on earth?

No. What makes this fellow think Mars would be any better, I'm not sure. "In the long run a single-planet species will not survive," he says. Or, to frame it another way in the context of our current knowledge: "In the long run no species will survive."

Okay, yeah, that stuff was weird.

Also, I just looked him up on Wikipedia and it turns out he's a total national security jock.

Also, he has eight (??) degrees... does anyone else think that's odd?

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