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Posted by S.H. Le on January 20, 2000 05:58:25 UTC

: : ***Okay, so what is the most important long range goal we should be working toward today, is it being done already, and if so, is it put forth as what we are really trying to do? Who is in control of its direction, and is it in the interest of earths inhabiants or the closed circle of the govt/business alliance? Will our gain be a trickle down kind or will it benefit us directly?...

: : ***What I see as the most important long range goal is ensuring our survival in the future when our resourses have been depleted, and there is no more room for growth on this planet.

: : ***The efforts of NASA and other space agencies seems to have the goal in mind although it is not put forth as being the overall goal. There currently is a program which promotes the civilian communities involvement in such goals (in the name of space tourism and material resources) but it seems that it is only of interest to those with alot of money. : : Mainly business, and surely there will be some form of governmental aid in the process.

: : ***This program is the same entity which awarded its prize to the wright brothers. Currently the prize is for the first individual or team to build and operate a vehical capable of reaching 62 miles (100km) into our atmosphere, twice in a row, same vehical must make both trips, three passengers minimum, 10% total lifoff wieght used during entire flight is maximum allowed for fuel and other purposes...

: : ***The prize is ten million dollars, it is a good program for those with lofty :) goals, would take quite a bit of teamwork and members with much ambition from basically every disipline we have. Boy, what a fun project to be involved with. See

: : ***Another really nice project is the SETI, and it is the largest compilation of individual members giving computer time to the cause of finding extraterrestial life in the area of our future grasp. use the link seti@home.

: Both of these sites have alot of interesting stuff... ---------- I agree, at this point the most important thing to accomplish is ensuring we don't destroy ourselves. I'm not sure we should be concentrating on space exploration (so we can destroy another planet?), but rather establish an equilibrium to put a stop 2 our ever increasing growth. All other animals do. I read canadian geneticist/environmentalist David Suzuki, that our current rate of population growth is comparable to bacteria. Bacteria grow exponentially (I'm not good at math, but I know that's fast). He showed that bacteria in a test tube with only one cell, will take about an hour to completely fill up the test tube. BUT, 58 minutes before this happens, the test tube is about 1/10 full of bacteria (or something like that). That means it takes like 2 minutes to use up all the food. Now lets say these are super intelligent bacteria, and they are capable of finding 3 other test tubes full of food. It's a miracle of science they say. These tubes will only last a few minutes more. Analagously, we humans have been around for some 100 thousand years or so (my 1/2 guess estimation), and we've really changed things on the planet. I think WE've lulled ourselves into a false sense of security.

We have to get our population in control, and I hate to say it, but I just might mean government regulation on childbirth. If every couple just had 2 kids (to reproduce themselves), the population would eventually stabilize (accounting for morality rates). Just my thoughts. Thanx 4 the info Phil.

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