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01/15/2004 Archived Entry: "Space, the Feckless Frontier"
Posted by CKL @ 04:44 PM PST

"Cape of Fear: I consider [President George W.] Bush to be exceedingly incurious. What on [E]arth would he gain from a manned flight to Mars, other than the false impression that he embraces science and reason, the mortal enemies of religious fundamentalists. Am I being cynical here?

"Dr. John H. Gibbons: Well, just like the fabled hydrogen economy, what he's proposing won't come due during his watch. He's putting out tantalizing visions of what is possible, then escaping the real price.

"There's a quote from Max Born: 'Intellect distinguishes between the possible and the impossible, reason distinguishes between the sensible and the senseless. Even the possible can be senseless.' [my emphasis -CKL]

"And I think that's what we have here. I would much rather have our president address the issues that lay before us in this first decade of the 21st century and to address critical issues like climate change and species loss, population explosion... it's a long list... so that we could become captains of our own ship in this century."


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