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    SPACE RESEARCH v LIFE ON EARTH

    Annually, billions of dollars are spent on space research, including moon flights, space stations and so on. Thousands of people are employed on astronomy and its various scientific offshoots like the Hadron Collider. In my view they are unimportant when considering that so much is unknown about the planet we live on, its inhabitants and their daily lives. Millions are dying due to malnutrition and disease, and yet the great good which could be done to end this is ignored. I would be happier to see the billions spent on space research spent on aid to the starving, health research and means by which life on earth could be made more sustainable, on unification of warring factions and the general enrichment of life on earth.

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    I think it has to do with many factors, one being humans constant need to push into the unknown. Also the idea that the grass is greener on the otherside.Or maybe perhaps its more spiritual in nature, in that we as humans are looking for something greater than ourselves, something beyond our understanding, and something that dwarfs us in everyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthro-inclined View Post
    I think it has to do with many factors, one being humans constant need to push into the unknown. Also the idea that the grass is greener on the otherside.Or maybe perhaps its more spiritual in nature, in that we as humans are looking for something greater than ourselves, something beyond our understanding, and something that dwarfs us in everyway.
    Look around you, people living in squalor, starving and disease ridden-by the millions. Wouldn't they present sufficient challenge. Mans inhumanity to man is what dwarfs us, when it can be understood and overcome, the world will be a far better place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyomotor View Post
    Look around you, people living in squalor, starving and disease ridden-by the millions. Wouldn't they present sufficient challenge. Mans inhumanity to man is what dwarfs us, when it can be understood and overcome, the world will be a far better place.
    Im not disagreeing with you, jeez no need to bite my head off, just offering a possible reason. Also alot of problems that you have listed are solvable to a certain extent, for example massive economic inequality. The reason this isnt a "challenge" we havent surmounted yet, is because its more profitable for the rich few to retain this inequality, just a theory. Just look at what happened in Bangladesh with the factory collapse. All those deaths were at the behest of major companies seeking maxium profits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyomotor View Post
    Look around you, people living in squalor, starving and disease ridden-by the millions.
    One major problem is that people in poorest countries multiply faster than they can increase food production to feed themselves. Time to restart condom campaign again.

    The world is already feeding over 7 billion people. How many more Earth can bare?
    The funny thing is that if we go completely organic (as more and more people advocate these days), we could only feed couple of billions. Maybe 4 if we planted every piece of land, and half of city folks would need to return to villages and become farmers.

    What is your solution to feed hungry?
    Should we send them food, or send them genetically modified plants to grow on dry, poor soil, and enable them to feed themselves?

    What if we feed them, and they multiply fast as now, and in 50 years there is 14 billion people, and 4 billion is hungry? Should we produce even more food? More valid question is, will we be able to produce more food? If we can't, 4 billion might die one year from lack of food.
    What should we do?

    Looks like we are already facing a shortage of food production. Price of rice doubled in last couple of years.
    Chinese new middle class have money to eat more, plus every year there is 80 million more people on this planet.

    If something drastic is not done soon we will face a big famine in about 10 years.
    Be wary of people who tend to glorify the past, underestimate the present, and demonize the future.

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