Humans: Colonize Space or Go Extinct

Jeremiah Tolbert @ 18-07-2007

No, it’s not another giant meteor scare.  Dr. Richard J. Gott, using a philosophical and scientific principle called the Copernican Principle, predicts how much longer things can last; presidents’ tenures, dogs lives, and the human species. Our future?  Anywhere from 5100 years to 7.8 million. And he makes this prediction with 95% accuracy.  To beat that range, he believes we will need to colonize another world (potentially Mars) in the next 46 years, and he uses the Fermi Paradox to back up this assertion.  I don’t know about you, but I think 7.8 million years would be woefully inadequate.

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One Response to “Humans: Colonize Space or Go Extinct”

  1. Dagon says:

    I can only hope we’ll have a serious technological acceleration in the next 30 years. If it doesn’t happen I will never get my hands on the required affordable life extension in time. I may miss all the action, either the slow, miserable extintion of humanity, or the fast, hysteric evolution of humanity into a postorganic species, space exploration included.

    Not much in-between all this.