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SFM Week 3 Terraforming the Cosmos
Transcript of SFM Week 3 Terraforming the Cosmos
Cosmos is ours!
Ethics of terraforming
Trying to change whole planets to suit our ends is arrogant vandalism.
Harmonious Intergalactic Federations
SFM Week 3
to alter the environment of (a celestial body) in order to make capable of supporting terrestrial life forms.
The Mars Trilogy
The Martian Chronicles
Netflix - 2016
SimEarth: The Living Planet
Apple Macintosh, Commodore Amiga, IBM PC, SNES, Sega Mega-CD and TurboGrafx-16
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Linux
So, Elon, is it doable?
The Copernican Revolution
The Ptolemaic Model
People gave ear to an upstart astrologer who strove to show that the earth revolves, not the heavens or the firmament, the sun and the moon ... This fool wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy; but sacred Scripture tells us [Joshua 10:13] that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth
Martin Luther, 1539
This Holy Congregation has also learned about the spreading and acceptance by many of the false Pythagorean doctrine, altogether contrary to the Holy Scripture, that the earth moves and the sun is motionless, which is also taught by Nicholaus Copernicus' De revolutionibus orbium coelestium and by Diego de Zúñiga's In Job ... Therefore, in order that this opinion may not creep any further to the prejudice of Catholic truth, the Congregation has decided that the books by Nicolaus Copernicus [De revolutionibus] and Diego de Zúñiga [In Job] be suspended until corrected.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, March 5, 1616
exaggerated pride or self-confidence
Turning Earth into Krypton
When we contemplate leveling mountains, reclaiming deserts, damming rivers, or deliberately changing the climate, we should pause to reflect on whether we reveal ourselves to be blind to their beauty in doing so or to be suffering from hubris.
The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps
Constitute an organization convened to realize these destinies
Arcologies built in the tropical oceans as a first step to learning how to build colonies in space
First step in actually getting off the Earth using ground based free-electron-laser-powered laser-propelled Waverider (hypersonic aircraft)
Build a space station in geosynchronous orbit
Build colonies on the Moon by doming over the craters and creating miniature ecologies
Start terraforming Mars to "create a living planet to sustain us" connected with Earth through Buzz Aldrin's proposed Mars Transit System (1990)
Mine asteroids to create asteroid colonies and Asgard-like stations throughout the Solar System to create a Dyson sphere (megastructure that completely encompasses a star and captures most or all of its power output)
And then, humanity is ready to spread the concept to the stars...
Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone
destruction of earth
4 more Avatars!!
July 20, 1969
earth's natural satellite, orbiting the earth at a mean distance of 238,857 miles (384,393 km) and having a diameter of 2160 miles (3476 km).
the planet fourth in order from the sun, having a diameter of 4222 miles (6794 km), a mean distance from the sun of 141.6 million miles (227.9 million km), a period of revolution of 686.95 days, and two moons.
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the planet third in order from the sun, having an equatorial diameter of 7926 miles (12,755 km) and a polar diameter of 7900 miles (12,714 km), a mean distance from the sun of 92.9 million miles (149.6 million km), and a period of revolution of 365.26 days, and having one satellite.
1980 - TV mini series
Who writes the future?
Same as who writes the past...
See you next week!
The action of appropriating a place or domain for one's own use (Oxford Dictionary).
Papal bull issued by Pope Alexander VI on May 4 1493
Treaty of Tordesillas, June 7, 1494
Portuguese Empire and Crown of Castile,
Christopher Columbus "discovers" America
Premises of colonialism
Elon on Foundation
A Day at work