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The Problem With Humans

For millennia the greatest gift of human beings has been the unprecedented ability to seek, document, and disseminate knowledge over great distances. We’ve been able to take those ideas, thoughts, and beliefs and turn them into a reality which propelled us forward. That same gift, however, has also, at times, been twisted and used as our Achilles’ heel and wielded with devastating results. Using fear, lies, and superstitions to pit us against one another.
We’ve evolved from insignificant creatures hiding in trees and caves to become the most formidable species the Earth has ever seen. From farming to housing to science and protection, we’ve taken this world and bent it to our will. Not only have we been able to dominate nature and every other creature on the planet, but we’ve also managed to break free from our world in search of others.
In the 21st century, we’ve been able to take those same gifts and supercharge them, for better and for worse. Not only are we able to transfer knowledge regardless of language barriers, but, we’re able to do so at the speed of light. Now, the sheer volume of information itself can be used as a weapon. The use of information for nefarious purposes may not be a new or novel idea, but the number of people who can be reached is.

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A Big Picture

I would like you to take a moment to think about something. Imagine that we’re actually the first. The first species to have the knowledge and power to provide real stewardship of our world. The first species out of the hundreds of billions of galaxies, stars, and planets, to break free of their world and, see it from the outside. The first too travel to other planets and leave their solar system.
Everything that our imaginations have and or could have ever possibly think of is nothing compared to what the future of humans may hold. Blinded by our own mortality, unable or unwilling to fully embrace and work for a future that we will never see. What are we doing with this gift? Endless wars over resources, territory, religious beliefs and skin color, allow massive inequality, injustice, and despair. As far fetched as it may seem, we may actually be alone in the Universe. If it’s even remotely true, don’t we owe it to future generations to do better?

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The Movie Brazil (1985) And What It Got Right

#ThursdayThoughts While watching The Young Turks segment today regarding the treatment of workers at Amazon, I was reminded of the movie classic, Brazil (1985), directed and co-written by Terry Gilliam. The film centers on Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his dreams while he is working in a mind-numbing job and living in a small apartment, set in a consumer-driven dystopian world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines. Brazil’s satire of bureaucratic, totalitarian government is reminiscent of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Thinking about the movie with today’s realities and concerns that so many of us face, healthcare, workers rights/treatment, criminal reform and governments monitoring their civilians. Pair that with our always-on, connected lives, moving closer to an ever automated future. Seems a pretty accurate portrait of today. If you’ve never seen it or even if you have, check it out. The video below is by Georg Rockall-Schmidt titled: How Brazil Got Its Sci-Fi Dystopia Right

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Can Mike Pence Actually Help Save Humanity?

I read a couple of different articles this morning, via Google News. By the time I had finished them, I came away feeling like maybe, just maybe, Mike Pence may actually play a role in the saving of humanity.

Full disclosure, Vice President Mike Pence is one of my least favorite people. I find his policies to be regressive, out of touch and punitive. That and I believe that religion has no place in leading our country.

Back to the articles. The first is from Fox News discussing how the newly discovered, dying planet may shed some light on the fate of our own planet. When, in about 5–6 billion years from now, our Sun will eventually, and violently, go from a yellow dwarf star to a white dwarf star. The inner solar system will be wiped out in the process, including the Earth.

However, during the process, Mars will get pushed out further and will likely survive the transition. I may be more of a realist than an optimist but, I am hopeful that our civilization will continue to evolve, survive and thrive, long into the future. On to the next.

Destroyed ‘past Earth’ reveals our apocalyptic future, study says

A terrifying new study may have provided a window into Earth’s ultimate fate by looking at a newly discovered dying planet nearly 400 light years away. The study, published in Science, shows that the chunk of the unnamed dead planet (known as a “planetesimal”) has a metal core and is circling the white dwarf star, known as SDSS J122859.93+104032.9, once every two hours.

The second article comes from Ars Technica, in regards to a recent speech given by VP Mike Pence. Where he has charged NASA with ratcheting up our plans of returning to the Moon. Moving the goal post from 2028 to 2024. The news was received by the aerospace community with a healthy and understandable level of skepticism. Having previously been let down by Republican administrations in the past.

Regardless of Pence’s reasoning for charging NASA with halving the timeline, it’s a win in my book. Even if for some godforsaken reason, we are the only intelligent species in the Universe, doesn’t that make our mission of expansion and exploration even more important?

The sooner we get to the Moon and then Mars, the sooner that we’ll be one step closer to ensuring the long-term survival of our species. And, who knows, those four years could very well help to determine our success.

Here’s why NASA’s audacious return to the Moon just might work

Speaking in front of a high-fidelity model of the Apollo program’s Lunar Module spacecraft, Vice President Mike Pence charged NASA with accelerating its Moon plans last week. Instead of 2028, Pence wanted boots on the ground four years earlier, before the end of 2024.