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The colonization of Mars vs. solving the problems at home

I am a space advocate and sci fi junkie. I look at the night sky like a teenage boy peeks at Playboy. The curiosity and wonder within me burns as red as that elusive rocky world next door.... And now, in this glorious age of technology, the dreams of Kim Stanley Robinson and geeks world round is finally becomming a reality. The colonization of Mars is just around the corner, and although many are thrilled, some are hesitant and even sour about the prospect. An argument aganist a human-occupied Mars is based on the belief that Earth has far too many problems, that are far more urgent and necessary to address, then the satisfication of curious scientists and hopeful investors. So, what do you think? Shall humanity step beyond our watery world and onto a rusty alien desert, or should we focus our efforts on Earth and find solutions to our dire issues before considering such a endeavor?

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    Aug 8 2013: If the human race expects to evolve and continue to grow we must got to mars. If we spend all our time sitting on the earth and trying to solve every problem and create a perfect planet were no one his hurt and no one goes hungry we will be on this planet till the end of time.
    If we want to solve the problems of earth we must leave this planet not because we need mars as a new planet and just abandon the earth all together, because if we leave the earth in this generation it will give our children something to strive for it will give them heroes and people to be like and eventually be better than and advance our civilization more both on earth and mars.
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      • Aug 9 2013: Words of wisdom if I ever heard them.
        The only real, practical benefit of colonizing other planets is to make humanity as a species more resistant to the hazard of species wide extinction.
        Aside from some applications for some of the new technology developed for the colonization, there will be no real benefit to earth. Its also an extremely expensive way to develop new technology--one could simply foot the bill for regular R&D without launching an expensive colony mission along with it.

        Humanity's problems will haunt humanity for as long as human nature remains unchanged.
        Most stem from our own evolutionarily developed thinking patterns. What works for a hunter gatherer rarely works for civilized man, and our emotional and intuitive responses were originally meant for animals without the capacity for rational decision making.
        Moving to a new address won't fix that, we'll just suffer from all the same issues someplace new.
      • Aug 10 2013: Honestly, I don't think human nature will ever change without some very extensive genetic and cybernetic modifications. Philosophizing on the subject won't lead us very far (sorry, but I never was one for mysticism; consciousness isn't magic, its an illusion driven on by brain chemistry, and as much as I like using mine, its no more than a very complex electric and chemical reaction).

        No matter how much you educate (and in extreme cases re-educate by force), basic human nature always wins in the end, because that's what we're biologically programmed for. Until the programming is dealt with, that won't change.
        It may never happen. As much as I'm for the concept of transhuman modification, I know others who would willingly bleed their last trying to stop it.

        Has nothing to do with going to Mars though.
        If it ever did happen however, it'll change every single rule in the game. Maybe what descendant of ours will eventually colonize Mars, we won't even see as human.

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