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Cool Card article - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Cool Card article
Hey, I know a lot of people don't normally tune in to Orson Scott Card's column because of his right-leaning political views, but today's essay on scientific research is both refreshingly centrist and sensible. Also, very pro-science. Go, OSC.

(I do happen to think we should go to Mars, but that's a small enough quibble that I'm not even disappointed in it. It's not like he's saying we should quit space research.)

I feel a bit...: pleased pleased

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sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: December 29th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. The trouble is that so much of what he's saying is plain common sense that nobody wants to listen to.

I do have a question - what scientific research is the Democratic party against? I know all about the Republicans and stem cell research, but I've never heard of the Democrats wanting research into a certain area banned. Just curious.

And there has to be a Mars programme! If there isn't, how am I going to get there? :P

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 29th, 2004 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not honestly sure what he's referring to. I think he's talking about the grand sweep of history more than specific issues.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 29th, 2004 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
And on Mars, hey--he wants to work in the asteroid belt. Wouldn't a permanent station on Mars be a bit cheaper to work from than Earth?
hughroe From: hughroe Date: December 30th, 2004 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I think a station would be better, no planetary gravity to overcome
sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: December 30th, 2004 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose that depends on if supplies are being trucked out from Earth to Mars anyway, in which case it wouldn't make much difference.

But you're right, in the long term it would make a lot of difference - with all the water-ice on Mars self-sufficient stations are definitely possible, and that would make it much easier to support expeditions to the belt - plus, if something went wrong, there'd be help a little closer than a two-year trip away.
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