Derek Tepe

Bristol, IN, United States

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Derek Tepe
Posted almost 4 years ago
If we find microbial life on Mars, should we leave it be?
I'm just seeking opinions. You make a good point and I agree with you in that those who will get to Mars first will be the ones who deserve to be there--the scientists who have nothing in mind but exploration and a hearty lesson in humility. At least I hope that will be the case.
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Derek Tepe
Posted almost 4 years ago
If we find microbial life on Mars, should we leave it be?
I suppose one possible argument rests on the understanding that human beings like to mess things up. Our history is riddled with just terrible, terrible things we've done to each other and the world around us. However, this is not to say that we are inherently evil creatures; we exhibit much good. Kindness, empathy, love, etc. So I suppose that in the argument of should we or shoudln't we tread on martian soil teeming with life, I believe we should hold a global vote; let the citizens of earth decide collectively. It seems fitting to at least let the citizens of a world decide together their activities on another
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Derek Tepe
Posted about 4 years ago
Ride a bike
Bikes are awesome. Just look at the chase scene near the end of E.T. I watch it and I feel like I could bike 100 miles :)
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Derek Tepe
Posted about 4 years ago
What kind of power can a film have?
As a huge movie buff (not a "I like action movies for the explosions" kind of movie buff, but a "Deniro's performance in 'Awakenings' made me bawl my eyes out" kind of movie buff), I can safely say that films are very influential in the formation of opinions and beliefs of their viewers. Films succeed in this way through powerful emotional connections with their audiences. The best way to change a person's way of thinking is to get them to form strong emotional ties to the subject/dilemma at hand, which is exafctly what movies do best. Emotional investment is what movies do to draw audiences---it's what they're based on. For example, the Robert Zemeckis movie 'Contact' (based off the insanely fantastic novel of the same name by Carl Sagan) completely changed my views on relgiion and the idea of God. Of course, in this post I'm speaking for myself, but I feel that if movies can have such a strong effect on me, they can definitely effect other people the same way
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Derek Tepe
Posted over 4 years ago
Let's go to Mars
I'm happy to see a variety of opinions on this matter. In my original comment, I side-stepped economic factors that would play into such a large-scale endeavor as inter-planetary travel. While our current affairs across the globe do not by any means CALL for a manned trip to Mars, I see it fit that we don't abandon the idea altogether. In the time of Apollo, well, it really was a race to the Moon between the United States and Russia, whereas today, international cooperation on extra-terrestrial projects is common. In conjunction with JAXA and the European Space Agency, it isn't necessarily illogical to pursue Mars. Again, as recent economic troubles show, we are in a situation that does not at all mandate a man on Mars, but then again, the Apollo years were tumultuous in their own fashion. Perhaps we can, in a sense, barrel through the pressing events of today to collaborate on a project that would further strengthen international bonds, in turn kick-starting an economic resurgence. This is all extremely optimistic but not at all impossible.