Re: A Challenge To All Extropians/Free Martketeers

Damien R. Sullivan (
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 17:52:26 -0700 (PDT)

On Apr 27, 5:37pm, Paul Hughes wrote:
> James Rogers wrote:

> > First, there is the problem of energy, which is neither replicable nor
> > renewable.

> A double "HUH?". I am aghast at the engineering naiveté of that statement.
> For transhumanity's purposes well into the next millennium w/o any
> significant scientific breakthroughs, their is enough energy to power global
> output at its current rate of consumption for several trillion years. That
> energy source is the Sun. It may not be infinite, but it is renewable for
> all intents and purposes.

Naivete? The Sun will burn out in 5 billion years, a thousand times less than
several trillion years. Unless you meant that the full output could be stored
for later. But a transhumanity extended into the solar system would
presumably not be operating at the current rate of consumption. Hell,
"transhumanity" and "current rate of consumption" seems like an odd
combination. So does "next millennium" and "current rate of consumption".

And someone has to build and maintain the solar collectors or OTEC generators.

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