Our Future In Space



This is almost a year old at this point, but today it seems an appropriate thing to post. It's a panel discussion from TAM 11, held last year in Las Vegas (TAM 12 is coming up, if you are the sort who is able to get to Vegas next week). For those who don't know, the TAMs, or The Amaz!ng Meeting is held annually by the James Randi Educational Foundation, and brings together scientists, philosophers, celebrities and other like minded individuals for a week of panels, symposia and speeches on topics like scepticism, science and technology, social media, public education, space, and anything else. It's short notice, but I'd be shocked if there weren't discussion on the Higgs discovery this year.

This panel consisted of Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and moderated by Phil Plait. The topic: where does man's future in space lie? Manned, unmanned, moon, Lagrangian points, mars, asteroids, etc. Krauss is clearly the captain for the "probes" argument, while deGrasse Tyson heads up the "we need men" defence.

While Krauss is certainly the smartest man in the room, I find his arguments pragmatic and cynical. Not just because of my fondness for deGrasse Tyson and what he does, and how he does it, but I agree with his stance here, though he is something of a bully while getting it across. Not for nothing, but Plait, another man whose positions I agree with, does very little in the way of moderating.

If you have an hour, I highly recommend giving the video a watch. If you don't have an hour, make an hour, and give it a watch.

By the way, three Bill Nye posts in two days wasn't intended, but makes my insides smile.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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