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Stevehill's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by Stevehill

Don't underestimate the innate desire for the survival of the species.

I could view the destruction of the earth and all life on it with more equanimity if I knew that somewhere out there the little spark of something or other we call humanity still burned bright.

Whilst I may not be up for it personally, is it outrageous to rule out the whole of humanity from wanting to make such a trip? People in poverty, with no obvious way out, offered the chance to live in some sort of self-sustaining biome, maybe? And their descendants after them? Until maybe after thousands of years they found a bus stop worth getting off at?

Skeptics said of Stephenson's Rocket that if you travelled at more than 30 mph you would suffocate and die.

We have dreams. That distinguishes us from fruit flies.

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 20:53:58 UTC | #599129