Our Place in the Cosmos

Our Place in the Cosmos

But Who are We?

In the model presented in this class, a connected pathway of events (schematically illustrated above) have lead to the situation where the Universe can ask itself a question.

The fate of question marks on this planet is unclear.

Can we preserve the question mark through the colonization of other worlds? Is this even an appropriate way to do that? (morality vs. economics again).

What about Colonization of Space ?

Why would we colonize other worlds?:

The above reasons would all exist if your species is unable to engage in multi-generational thinking and planning. Colonization requires this.

To move several (hundred) thousand individuals off this planet towards another world is a serious effort and a serious use of planetary resources.

Such large scale colonization requires a 50-200 year planning and implementation effort. Our technological culture has repeatedly demonstrated an inability to do this kind of long range planning.

This might be a form of self-censoring. Non-equilibrium cultures can't colonize because, when they feel the need, it will be too late (resources will be gone).

Why would equilibrium cultures colonize then when they would have no reason to?

Results of the Opinion Pool

Some Representative CDs plus Covers:

Old Farts like the Professor's Selections:

The Cliff Notes Course Summary:

The Connected Pathway and the production of questions in the Universe. Remember, this is just a cosmological model like this one proposed by Douglas Adams

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