Re: Probability of exo-Earth habitation, was Re: from 6 billion to 500 million: how? (was RE: true abundance?)

From: John Marlow (
Date: Wed Jan 31 2001 - 00:20:22 MST

> Mr. Marlow, you're a tough one to figure. I'm ready to stop trying.

Just think it's more productive to focus on things that don't require
the entire first world to go into debt for financing. Transhuman tech
efforts--one man or woman can do something meaningful, perhaps
stupendous. Nanotech efforts--the benefits (even of small steps) are
such that companies and governments will pursue it. Colonies on Mars?
Hey, I'm for it--but gimme a break. No one's gonna finance it. If we
found out a rock was gonna pulverize this planet in ten
one would finance it.


On 30 Jan 2001, at 22:25, Michael M. Butler wrote:

> Furiously dreaming colorless green ideas forced someone appearing to be
> John Marlow to write:
> > You know, I'll probably get all kinds of flak for this, but...
> <snip>
> > The chances that we're ever gonna make it off this rock in any
> > meaningful way are a billion to one, to be kind.
> No, this isn't worth all kinds of flak. A simple "your negativity
> underwhelms me" will suffice.
> That, and "Computed how, precisely?" --only I know the answer, so save
> your fingers.
> Mr. Marlow, you're a tough one to figure. I'm ready to stop trying.

John Marlow

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