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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 17 2013: @Paul Lillebo

    For some reason I am not allowed to reply to Paul Lillebo directly, so I'll do it here. Your whole "one angelic party and one party of the devil" is itself an attempt to "delude others." Notice that I never said that, yet you were quick to insert those words into my mouth. There are good people in every party (and far more than just two parties, despite what the RNC and the DNC would like you to believe). There are also criminals in every party. That much is true, and I would not ever deny that.

    With this said, the two major parties in this country represent a dichotomy in modern politics: inclusion versus exclusion. One party wishes to include as many people as possible in our political process. The other party wishes to "conserve" that status quo, and prevent any new inclusions in our system. One party embraces science, and attempts to adapt to its lessons, while the other party goes out of its way to deny science, and certainly will not ever try to adapt to it.

    You can try to pave over my observations by saying that I have a short memory, or that I am inexperienced, but you cannot pave over the careful branding of each party. Democrats practice the politics of inclusion, and base their activity on science, something the TED crowd can appreciate. Republicans, on the other hand, practice the politics of exclusion, and are willing to spend millions of dollars in order block and deny science.

    Sure, G.W. TALKED about a mission to Mars (notice that he did not make it actually happen), and yes, Obama cancelled that plan. Obama also had a MASSIVE financial crisis to deal with, and politically speaking the time was NOT right for a high dollar mission to deep space. Call it pragmatism. Thanks to G.W. we spent SO MUCH of our national treasure on fighting wars that it just was not feasible, or possible, to undertake a Mars mission. I commend Obama for having the bravery to cancel a program that many in his party supported.

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