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    COSMOLOGY – a philosophical, religious, or mythical explanation of the nature and structure of the universe.
    Meaning of Life

    The meaning of life is life. Without life there is no meaning. The goal of life is more abundant life. Life is an endless struggle against extinction by a hostile inanimate universe.

    Suggested Goals

    Therefore, we should strive to establish more abundant life; to bring life to lifeless places; and to prepare a place for the seventh generation yet to come.

    The future goal for more abundant life is to colonize outer space, via giant orbiting habitats and vivariums, where all energy, power and necessities are already available, except for life.

    Implementation

    Humanity must expand into space colonization, as soon as possible. Space colonization begets world peace. World peace begets space colonization. Only via orbiting space habitats can humanity survive and thrive. It is impractical to pin hopes on “terraforming” Mars or any other solar system body. We need multiple Earths.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_habitat
    __ An “Island Three” O’Neill colony might consist of (2) 5 mile diameter by 20 mile long cylinders.

    Each cylinder could hold 1320 “floors” of concentric cylinders, with a total surface area of 207502.19 square miles.
    Combining both cylinders, the net result is 415,004.38 square miles.
    (For comparison, the surface area of California is 163,696 sq mi)

    Note: Surface area of Earth: 510,072,000 km2 (196,940,000 sq mi), or one “Terrestrial” or Terr.
    . . .
    An “Island Three” O’Neill dual cylinder space habitat has an equivalent of 0.0021 Terrestrials, in surface area. (If subdivided into concentric cylindrical decks)
    . . .
    To reach one Terrestrial, 475 space habitats would need to be constructed. If the production cycle was 20 years per habitat, and each habitat built another, it would only take 10 cycles or 200 years (10 x 20 years).
    If we started building Colony One in 2040,

    2040: 0
    2060: 1
    2080: 3
    2100: 7
    2120: 15
    2140: 31
    2160: 63
    2180: 127
    2200: 255
    2220: 511 <<1.07 Terrs.
    2240: 1023 <2.14 Terrs.
    2260: 2047 <4.38 Terrs.
    2280: 4095 <8.76 Terrs.

    The obvious point is that colonizing space via orbiting habitats is far more efficient and practical than seeking equivalent terrestrial planets, or terraforming planets in our own solar system.

    How To Do It

    Frugal, low resource SPACE COLONIZATION can be achieved by the implementation of autonomous self replicating micro factories (fabricons, “Queen Ants”) seeded upon Earth orbit crossing asteroids. These units build the tools, that build the bigger tools, that construct the shells, vessels, and containers necessary for giant vivariums, habitats, and transports. (At no further cost to Earth) Ditto, for resource harvesters sent to gather hydrocarbons or ice from comets.

    Once completed, these vessels ‘surf gravity’ (via the Interplanetary Transport Network ) to near Earth (ex: L4 or L5), where crews can be sent up to commission the colony, bringing seeds, fertilized ova, and related biological material to build complete habitats and food production.

    When finished, each autonomous space colony can ‘surf gravity’ to its new orbit - around the Sun, cycling between planets, or with asteroids, or orbit around a planet, or a moon. As the heavens fill with colonies, space travel will be a simple matter of hitch hiking from one autonomous colony to another. Slow, but frugal and relatively safe.

    Even at 0.1 lightspeed, we can slowly fill the galaxy over the next half billion years.

    Space colonization via habitats - a better idea
    https://web.archive.org/web/20120219...ics/wwwwh.html
    “. . . The key advantage of space settlements is the ability to build new land, rather than take it from someone else. This allows a huge expansion of humanity without war or destruction of Earth's biosphere. The asteroids alone provide enough material to make new orbital land hundreds of times greater than the surface of the Earth, divided into millions of colonies. This land can easily support trillions of people.”
    Since human population growth is geometrical, while the planet's surface is finite, it is a normal progression for humanity to extend itself into the Cosmos, building robust life supporting systems, vivariums, and habitats for all life.


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    LONG LONG TERM GOALS
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    In the long run, we all can expect to die.

    Those who believe in a continued existence of consciousness, may further experience awareness, and the locale of that awareness may or may not be the consequence of previous actions, behaviors and thoughts.
    Those who believe that oblivion awaits, can only expect nothingness.

    This raises the question : if one believes that oblivion awaits, what benefit is there in delaying gratification of all desires? If you don’t get “yours” here and now, you’re a loser. You go from awareness to oblivion. End of story.

    If one follows the law of the jungle, and fulfills all needs by preying on others, so what? Dead prey or dead predator - makes no difference in the end. Get yours while the getting is good. Be a “good” predator - pillage and rape and plunder as you will.

    That mindset is opposite to the law of love. Philosophies and religions based on the law of love teach that harmless actions in support of one’s “right to life” are good, while harmful actions are bad. The highest and greatest love is to sacrifice for the benefit of another. And to reinforce these lessons, they teach the notion that there is a consequence for one’s actions, behaviors and thoughts. That consequence may be in the form of one’s next incarnation as a reflection of Karma. That consequence may be in the form of one’s standing and status in the afterlife. Or that consequence may be in the nature of what one’s associates will be, as in “like attracts like.” In that case, striving to be that which one would find pleasant company for eternity is balanced against that which one would find to be unpleasant company for eternity. This unpleasantness would also have the effect of banishment from any consciousness that embodies the highest aspects of the law of love.

    Let us turn from this avenue of thought to a more mundane issue : continuity of the species.

    Individuals make up the human species. The long long term goals of the human species is survival and propagation. Which means that the individuals should embrace such goals as both beneficial and logical.

    Based on the observation that humans reproduce geometrically, and thus cannot long survive in a constrained environment, there are but few options:
    [A] Reduce reproduction rate, or
    [B] Engineer the environment, or
    [C] Expand beyond the limits of the terrestrial environment.

    Choosing “A” is a recipe for disaster. Any subgroup that reduces its birth rate will be overwhelmed by the subgroups that do not reduce their reproduction rate. The future belongs to the descendants, not those whose line goes extinct. Unimaginable tyranny is required to impose a reduced reproduction rate, with all its inherent gender preferences and bias.

    Choosing “B” is a reasonable goal. However, those who believe in “Environmental Preservation” will impede any attempt at “Environmental Amplification.” Thickening the life bearing volume of the Earth is beneficial, especially if wildlife habitat is multiplied with the human habitat. But you cannot thicken if you're constrained to preserve the status quo.

    Choosing “C” is the best long term goal. Outside of Earth’s gravity well, all elements necessary for life can be found. There’s a fusion reactor, running 24/7. And there is expansion volume that would not be overwhelmed for millennia.

    Though science fiction often depicts humanity colonizing far planets and moons, the most logical and practical way to colonize outer space is via autonomous orbiting space habitats. If constructed from materials already outside of Earth’s deep gravity well, by robotic fabricators, it would not require the risk nor expense of launching humans to far distant locations. Finished vessels and colonies could be sent, via the Interplanetary Transport Network, to rendezvous points, for subsequent loading of cargo and crew. Once staffed and supplied, these gigantic habitats can surf gravity to orbits that intersect other planets and bodies. Thus space travel becomes inexpensive, though slow. In time, the heavens can fill up with autonomous space habitats, providing support for more biomass than would ever be possible if limited to the Earth.

    What humanity should do is engineer the smallest practical autonomous robotic factory that can not only build the tools that build the tools that build the space habitats, but also replicate themselves. Once seeded on asteroids that pass close to Earth's orbit, they will geometrically expand, as well as grow, fractally, to fill the heavens with hollow worlds, space vessels and habitats - eventually at a rate greater than human reproduction cycles. That changes the whole idea of colonizing outer space, and the false limitations of budgets, ideology and nationalism.

    We should create a ‘Firefly sky’ of immense space colonies, orbiting the sun, cycling between planets, orbiting planets, and even moons. We can convert the celestial resources into the raw materials and finished habitats to support ever growing quantities of lifeforms, human and nonhuman.

    In time, humans may expand beyond, to other star systems, and thus insure that the human species survives the demise of the solar system, in eons to come.


    And this way, we can dispense with the gloom and doom peddlers, and stop accepting that the end is nigh. Let's get busy - we're going up and out !
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    Default Re: Space, Outer, and other Places

    ' Humanity must expand into space colonization, as soon as possible. Space colonization begets world peace. World peace begets space colonization. Only via orbiting space habitats can humanity survive and thrive. It is impractical to pin hopes ' on “terraforming” Mars or any other solar system body. We need multiple Earths.'

    Not until we have cleaned up our own mess first, and that's a long way off. The Galactics will never allow us to leave Earth orbit and colonize other planets whilst we are still in barbarian mode, because in that mode, or 'Empire' mentality, there will be a race to see who can 'own' a piece of planet, if not the planet itself and the strife that would bring. We currently have land wars here and there's no way we would be allowed to bring that crap out into our solar system, never mind deeper space.

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    Quote Posted by Mari (here)
    ' Humanity must expand into space colonization, as soon as possible. Space colonization begets world peace. World peace begets space colonization. Only via orbiting space habitats can humanity survive and thrive. It is impractical to pin hopes ' on “terraforming” Mars or any other solar system body. We need multiple Earths.'

    Not until we have cleaned up our own mess first, and that's a long way off. The Galactics will never allow us to leave Earth orbit and colonize other planets whilst we are still in barbarian mode, because in that mode, or 'Empire' mentality, there will be a race to see who can 'own' a piece of planet, if not the planet itself and the strife that would bring. We currently have land wars here and there's no way we would be allowed to bring that crap out into our solar system, never mind deeper space.
    Perhaps you missed the point about colonizing outer space via autonomous orbital habitats and vivariums?
    As in not colonizing "other planets" in this system or others.
    Quote ... the most logical and practical way to colonize outer space is via autonomous orbiting space habitats.
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