Not tomorrow, next month or even next year, most likely not even within my lifetime but on the whole of human history, we will soon, comparatively
speaking, travel among the stars.
When we look back over the past 200 years of human history alone, we can honestly say that we've made huge advances, in medicine, astronomy, physics,
mathematics, engineering etc etc etc. Now in this information age, coupled with Nano tech, AI and genetic engineering etc, That all the fundamental
pieces we need are either floating about or in either the works or being researched, some presently nothing more than in the realm of theoretical
physics and / or scientific based speculation.
Be that as it may...
From my personal studies and understanding of human history, if there is one things that sticks out it's that we are a formidable specie.
We develop the technology to accomplish the task, tool users, yes. Whether Homo sapiens or our genetic ancient cousins, Humans are tool
users/developers. "The right tool for the job" When we wanted to reach the highest peak, we developed the wherewithal, We wanted to fly, we've did it,
We wanted to not just sail the oceans but submerge beneath them, done that as well. Split the Atom? Sure, been there, done that too.
It's not a matter of will we travel among the stars but when. Sure, there are presently many Earth based issues that we as a specie need to address.
Pollution, poverty, hunger, war etc etc etc. Nobody ever said that we were perfect. Many feel we need to address those issues before we colonize the
moon, mars and explore/exploit beyond. Ethically speaking, those issues should be dealt with and solved regardless of our technical development. In
antiquity, creating the nearly mathematically perfectly aligned, engineered and constructed Great pyramid of Egypt didn't add to or subtract from,
Human imperfections, Nor had landing Apollo 11 on the moon for that matter.
Yet, we can look back and say "We did that!"
You see, for me, We have always reached for the stars...
I feel, however "Humans" came to be, have in us a need to reach beyond our present abilities, We have explored not only our physical
environment/surroundings but as well as perceived spiritual and psychedelic experiences, "Right tools for the job" were developed and utilized. But
always reaching. The earliest megalithic constructions were either to venerate gods or astronomically aligned. In either case in my opinion, an
attempt to reach beyond, either spiritually or intellectually. To obtain a greater understanding or to explan as to why we are here and whats "Out
There" and our relation to the vast expanse either above or beyond "Self"
In 1865, Jules Verne wrote From the Earth to the Moon (De la terre à la lune) which at the time was considered fantasy but within 104
years it became a reality with Neil and Buzz landing the Lunar module on the surface of the moon. The technological gap between Jules Verne's era and
the actual event was tremendous. We in the the 21st Century now write books, have made movies and TV shows all showing us beyond not only the confines
of mother Earth but out beyond our home Solar system.
Sure, for now.
I feel, and I'm sure others will disagree that the technological gap between the present and achieving interstellar flight is much smaller than
between Vernes era and 1969.
She has been not only [As far as we know] our point of origin but very nurturing to us, as well as a brutal teacher. Our home biosphere has been in
many ways a training ground of survival, A crucible if it were. Sure, we in our modern world live for the most part very cushioned lives. The vast
majority of our population doesn't have to farm nor hunt for it's sustenance. Yes, there is no excuse with our combined planetary wealth for
homelessness and starvation but this doesn't again, negate just how far we have come from being huddled around a campfire while sharpening a spear
point hoping a heard will be within hunting distance tomorrow.
Are we ready?
I honestly feel that throughout our development as a species we have never really been 100% ready for the next great thing that we've accomplished.
Not really, but there again, it's in our basic human nature to adapt to change. Every generation was born into a new reality. I was born into a world
where man had already walked on the moon, Microwave ovens and color TV's with remotes were here before me. So, suffice it to say when we do breakaway
from our present celestial confines those born of the period will adapt to and develop in it's parameters.
Mind over Matter
If we can dream or imagine it, it then can become a reality. This is not just a philosophical construct but a reality. We have seen time and again
those among us who with grit and determination achieve their goals. This isn't abstract. They dreamed it, imagined it and then went about doing it.
Was it easy or instantaneous? Nope, for many its a life long passion while for others their natural abilities made the task easier, but in either case
if it were sought and commitments and sacrifices made that were needed to be made they were much further along in accomplishing their goals than had
they just sat around hoping and wishing things would fall into their laps.
Fearful of Alien Contact
In human history whenever a more advanced civilization came into contact with a lesser advanced one, it didn't work out all too well for the lesser of
the two. That's an historical fact. So, Should we shy away from contact? I wouldn't, See, we know the consequences of the previously mentioned
scenarios possible outcome. If they are more advanced than we are they too should be aware of it. Maybe this is why, if they are presently or have
been in the past aware of us, haven't attempted to make overt contact. I'm sure many believe we already have made contact but its just being held from
us. There again, None of that should prevent us from pushing forward and through to greater accomplishments. We are hard wired with curiosity.
Our very human shortcomings will be with us for a very long time. We should not let them prevent us from advancing, we should rather, celebrate what
we have and are capable of accomplishing despite of them.
Not to be all off topic here, but where is the pictograph from? Southwest US, Chaco Canyon? Is that two pictures side by side? Or a single image?
Local guides there seem to believe the crescent moon, star and hand is depicting being witness to a supernova, yet that picture you posted with those
three symbols exist at Chaco but it didn't have the white border and no other image and the adjacent wall.
Suddenly that throws theory of supernova into question.
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In the computer industry, new tech is sometimes kept out of the public domain for decades. This much I know. So I do believe much is withheld from the
public across the board. But setting that aside for the moment...
If civilization survives, or hopefully avoids, the next great war/cataclysm, we WILL achieve interstellar travel, and we will be the aliens visiting
planets in other solar systems. I sincerely hope we change our ways for the better, before that happens.
I genuinely believe that we will be landing on other planets within the next twenty years...possibly even fifteen.The rate of our growth of knowledge
is astounding and further research into nano-materials will surely give us the ability to build at least the body of an ultra-light spacecraft.
All we need then are shields,an as-yet-to-be invented FTL propulsion system and an inertial damping system for the crew.
I know this is way too crazy for me to worry about in my life time but at some point we need to get the hell of this planet .. we are responsible for
preserving life what else is more important but at this point no one cares .. What were the chances of us being the comprehending creatures we are
aware of our existence ..
How incredibly intelligent we are ..
Interstellar travel is on the plate of things to come ..
These are my two current favourites :
Major 3D Printed Organ Breakthrough: Vascular Networks Achieved ... printing three-dimensional tissues with functional blood capillaries in the blink
of an eye is a game changer,”
How Cloning a Frozen Mouse Might Lead to a Cloned Mammoth. The possibility of bringing extinct animals back to life
Yet somehow we are still so disturbingly barbaric .. Something unbelievable
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In other words, the elite have finally got the balls to be real men and admit that us peasants could have been travelling the stars decades ago.
Its going to be interesting to see how the people react when they find out that technology has been kept in the dark 18th century whilst the elite
military (black ops) have traversed the stars since World War 2 with the Vrill ships using clean everlasting energy.
The only way we will make it to the stars, is to learn how to warp space/time. This is not FTL, which is considered impossible, but a method of
gravity distortion that SOME say, our military has already figured out. The feasibility will hinge on that discovery, or disclosure.
Even if faster than light is not possible, if we can conquer aging then it wont matter. For instance if you could halt aging in humans you could
probably do the same with a milk producing cow. Cow milk for the 1000 year trip.
I suppose we have the technology to travel to the nearest star system right now or at least attempt such a thing. Takes us about 100-200 years to get
there all the same. The cost of such a venture and the uncertainty of knowing whether or not there would even be planets or moons that could sustain
life around Proxima Centauri being a major factor and concern. Once we can cost effectively launch material in to low Earth orbit we may be more
inclined to try.
If it were ever a conventional trip, I don't think people have the mental stamina to be around the same people for that kind of time, so it would have
to be suspended animation. I would say don't go until we figure out what is basically time travel.
Some of my colleagues, god love them, after 10 years or so locked up with them, it would lead to a depressurization.
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Might not be able to achieve FTL propulsion in the conventional sense given the exponential energy requirements but technology such as the Alcubierre
drive concept may open up new avenues with regards travel to the stars.
Consider the fact that a significant amount of people living a couple of hundred years ago lived out there life without ever leaving the town or
village they were born in. That kind of proves the notion that we could indeed endure such a an extended trip provided the ship was big enough and had
enough distractions to keep the occupants entertained. Not suggesting it would not require persons of a specific temperament through.
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