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Raymond Blais

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Why are we not putting all of our efforts into discovering our universe and our place in it?

Most of us have what we need, so why are we so absorbed with things that lose value quickly and in our mortality which can best be understood with discoveries that have yet to be made.


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  • Aug 14 2013: By "discovering our universe and our place in it" are you talking about space exploration? I think space exploration is actually counterproductive to the advancement of humankind (I can elaborate if necessary).

    If you're speaking metaphysically, my first question is, how would we go about discovering our place in the universe? Secondly, what practical good would it do us if we found it?
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      Aug 15 2013: Your measuring what is not known against what is known. As far as space goes I think less space ships and more detecting devices on earth and in earth orbit. Although I think we should start sending supplies to mars for eventual colonization.
      • Aug 15 2013: Do you believe that colonizing Mars would be advancing the human race? I see that as doing more of the same thing we have always done: 1. Find new territory 2. Invade said territory 2. Strip said territory of resources 4. Repeat. Remember the movie Independence Day? Give us a few more centuries and we will be just like those aliens. I don't think that's something to be proud of.

        Technological advancement is easy, it's something humans have always done. Moral advancement - now that is a worthy challenge.
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          Aug 16 2013: Every species of plant, animal and insect has the natural extent to expand into territories that it can survive in. It is in our DNA. We just have to learn to be more considerate when we do so.

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