http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/stephen-hawking-space-exploration-humanity_n_3061329.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D296891: Stephen Hawking: Space Exploration Is Key To Saving Humanity
Stephen Hawking, who spent his career decoding the universe and even experienced weightlessness, is urging the continuation of space exploration – for humanity’s sake.
The 71-year-old Hawking said he did not think humans would survive another 1,000 years “without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”
this is a challenging statement from Hawking, with many avenues of discussion, but the statement itself should be challenged: it is not right to think that homo spaiens can ruin one planet and travel away to another.
Since the great power of science in the hands of man is part of the problem, part of the problem solution must be, not space exploration, but a critique relating to either human failings or the catch-22 in science, or both.
But this thinking is dangerous: it suggests we can’t do anything, and can just move on.
I note that one part of the problem is the failure of science to figure out evolution: it has required outside critics, including religionists, to spot the problems (but those were orignally noted mostly by scientists, then marginalized, like Lovtrup). That suggests something related, perhaps, to the malevolent aspect of science in hands of a rapacious species.
What can’t science study its own failures here?
I note that at the end of the Enlightenment this critique came to the fore, but has been totally ignored by scientism as it crystallized in the nineteenth century.
Face it, the greater universe doesn’t want a verminous failed species spreading across parsecs.
It is useful to see the movie Avatar (which might deserve a set of critiques…): it suggests the way that a new planet is going to be the same old exploitation of ecology as before…