posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 04:16 AM
Originally posted by fedeykin
The problem with being excited about mineral deposits or some such thing, is that it really doesn't shake any foundations. We already know theres
rocks on Mars, and doubtless very many interesting rocks, if your a geologist. But the likelyhood that any kind of geology will bring some useful
knowledge that will positively affect our lives is very slim.
I dont see how that can possibly be. Learning and information are thier own reward. I really couldnt give a fig for people who cannot understand
that. There is no excuse for such close mindedness as that.
Even if it meant we were going to go to Mars to mine it, we wouldn't see that untill we would be very old, and doubtless only a few corporations
would profit from it, no one else.
One of the reasons that a mineral discovery would be of interest to everyone, is that far from being a matter for when we are very old, the presence
of significant mineral deposits could see a massive hike in speed of development, in terms of propulsion techniques, and mass transit systems for
space. It COULD bring forth the most massive increase in funding for space technology since the space race began, and be the forerunner to our
eventual mastery of travel in space as a whole species, rather than as elite units of highly trained men and women.
As far as scientific discoveries go that will help us in our daily lives, NASA has discovered more in the actual process of going into space, as
opposed to what they have found IN space.
Well yes, but what you have to understand, is that there is an awful lot of space to go before we can make a qualitative judgement about what may be
found out there and its potential to positively affect human beings on Earth.
Finding life on Mars is therefore one of the only truely exciting things for a laymen because it would confirm that we aren't alone. This, in my
opinion, has more value then any other discovery we can make on Mars because it would shake a lot of ignorance out of the world's population.
How? By feeding thier need for constant amazement? By reinforcing thier unwilliness to connect with deep science? How is providing the Hollywood fix
these people desire, in any way helpful to them, or going to shake off thier ignorance?
People HAVE to get a grip, and learn to enjoy and interact with the discoveries that are taking place at the edges of human endevour. If a person
finds themselves unable to become excited by what comes out of the scientific efforts of our speices, then that shows huge lack of imagination on
thier part. Science is not entertainment! It is not done to make people gasp, but to sharpen the tool of the minds of those who contemplate its
results, and make them able to provide mankind with better information on which to base its next encounter with the unknown.
This obsession with appeasing ignorance is not helpful to the space industry, and is making a mockery and a fool of everyone who panders to it.