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Given the rates of poverty and despair in even our most "advanced" nations and the onset of global warming, is space exploration prudent?

Is it really important to spend our limited resources on space programs while ecosystems are failing here and those same resources could be used to improve the lives of those we share the globe with? Is the carbon cost of space exploration worth the loss of ecosystems and resources it produces? Should developing nations follow more industrialized nations' examples by forsaking their disadvantaged for the amusement and luxury of their affluent?

Some miscellaneous reference:
http://blog.ted.com/2006/09/28/virgin_galactic/
http://blog.ted.com/2009/02/24/capt_charles_mo/
http://www.ted.com/playlists/67/the_quest_to_end_poverty.html

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  • May 23 2013: It would be more prudent to put space exploration on the back burner for the time being and work toward lessening the effects of global warming. Which may already be too late. In which case, developing new ways to live within the bounds of nature that will be a who;le lot different then what we have had or are having now.
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      May 23 2013: Do you have any suggestions as to how we should better live within the bounds of nature?
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        May 24 2013: .
        My suggestion is:
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        As the invalid (harmful) happiness drives us to live out of “the bounds of nature”, the easiest way to "live within the bounds of nature" should be to quit this happiness.

        (Invalid happiness amounts to about 90% of total happiness.
        So, it spends about 90% of the planet resources, too.)


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