Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #679 - Humanity must populate new planet warns Hawking
We're moving. Not off planet quite yet but soon enough we will need to according to Stephen Hawking.
This Hawking article came at an opportune time because I had been thinking this issue quite a bit when I saw some authors I like reference this article by Kim Stanley Robinson about the problems with interstellar travel and generation ships. I have not read Aurora, Robinson's novel from 2015 that many consider the best of the year even though it was not even nominated for either the Hugo or the Nebula awards.
I have been reading my way through "Our Generation Ships Will Sink" and have Aurora queued up in the to read book case. This all hit my radar when I read a review of Kameron Hurley's The Stars Are Legion because I support her on Patreon, and I decided to read her novel, which deals with planet type "ships" that are like giant organisms that recycle all their organic matter to sustain their giant eco-systems.
Robinson's thesis purports that our problems with journeying to another habitable planet fall into four categories: physical, biological, sociological, and psychological.
The article is quite long and an excellent read (though I have not finished it but I intend to), but the upshot can be stated simply. For physical, the stars and other planets are too far away. Biological concerns deal with the interstellar ship like a very isolated island, which leads to ecological dilemmas, such as a "perfectly recycling ecological system is impossible."
Such long voyage ships would likely be under totalitarian control, an unavoidable sociological outcome, and the psychological toll of isolation from and abandonment of the home planet of earth may be too much for the first generation, which may prevent the later generations from being born and from growing to maturity.
After pondering these problems, Robinson contemplates how to make a home on the planet found, which might possibly be a dead rock, and other issues, such as if hibernation would be a better solution. It's a great read.
So here's the beginning of Robinson's article, which I will not reprint in its entirety but that's the link above.
And so that's a long way around to the Hawking article that forms the core of this post.
Hawking has reduced his time table for an exodus mandate from 1000 to 100 years.
Here's the link of the share from which I learned of the article.
Humanity must populate a new planet within 100 years, warns Stephen Hawking, PhD
May 11, 2017
I am ready.
Because with 1% controlling almost all the wealth of all the nations, that was bad enough, but since Trump was elected to be "president," my attitude has been "fuck this place."
I'm out of here.
Reflect and connect.
Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you.
I miss you so very much, Mom.
Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.
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NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.