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...should we really be spending money on space exploration when things are such a mess down here. Not like the scientists shouldn't get a paycheck, just stop investing money in expensive projects and give everyone a paycheck.
and when everyone's favorite projects to feed the children, house the homeless, prevent disease, stop animal cruelty, greenovate the enviroment, produce cheap clean renewable energy, build a bridge to Juneau, et al have been accomplished, the best and the brightest will have been working to advance science, let alone astroscience, waiting. For what?
One out of four people is freakishly stupid. If three of your friends are normal, then it's you.
In space no one can hear you scream
going on about the moon conspiracy.
Ya wanna know what? It is *well* within our capabilities to fix EVERYTHING *now*. We could feed all the hungry - if we simply distributed all the food equally. We could eradicate poverty - if we distributed all the money equally. We could be much further along fixing the environment if we simply lived more simply and wasted less. And on. And on.
But what stops us is the stubborn persistence of and conflict among the various human political, religious, economic and social belief systems. And if you think *that* will ever end, you have a far more optimistic view of the ability to manipulate human DNA to produce a uniformity of thought than I do.
So, as I think that an important part of the human psychology is the urge to learn and to explore, I think it is vital that we continue the space program. I personally also think that, for the long-term survival of the species, it is going to be important to have humanity out in the rest of the solar system (at least) as well, but I will take what I can get (or keep) in these days.
And, in a semi-related note, one of the reasons so much modern architecture is ugly or boring is that ornamentation is considered a waste of resources. There is a value in beauty done just for beauty's sake. If for no other reason than the positive emotional reaction it produces.
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