The response to my previous blog post, "The Dismal Future of Interstellar Travel," has been impressive and incredibly interesting! It's amazing what can happen when you try to redirect people's enthusiasms and dreams into a slightly different direction.
Here is a recap of the situation:
I proposed that interstellar travel is so expensive, and benefits so few people among billions, that there is essentially no chance whatsoever that human society will ever attempt it, especially given the scientific limitations, human psychology and physiology, and conceivable technological breakthroughs. There is no human activity across 10,000 years of human history that provides the framework for undertaking this kind of monumental challenge in the next few centuries.
Here is what I recommended instead:Obviously, others appear to be doing it. Maybe we just have a lot more to learn? To read more, click here.