Our technological civilization enriches our lives in many ways, yet
cannot be sustained much longer on Earth. We have despoiled the Earth
and depleted its resources, and our population has expanded almost to
the breaking point. Would human expansion into space allow us to "have
our cake and eat it too"; i.e., permit continuance of our technological
civilization while allowing the Earth to return to a more natural state?
Perhaps, or is this just escapism and science fiction? Given our poor
stewardship of the Earth, what gives us the right to expand our carnage
into the wider cosmos? And if communing with nature is essential to our
humanity, how can that happen in the lethal environment of space? Let's
explore these and other questions, with space settlement as the
(possibly) most extreme example, but extending to other earthly issues
of the ethics of technology.
We welcome you to participate by listening and engaging in thoughtful dialogue, with a little live music mixed in. We provide the coffee, tea, and a welcoming space for inquiring minds and open hearts to learn from one another.
Speaker: Dr. Chris Cassell is an aerospace engineer with
specialty in orbital mechanics, and was a co-founder of Deep Space
Industries, a company with initial intentions to harvest the resources
(notably water) of near-Earth asteroids for use in space, and thereby
to help bootstrap a viable space economy.
The program begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m., and we'd love it if you'd stay for a beverage and light refreshments after to share your thoughts.
For more information about Ethical Culture Society of Silicon Valley, visit our website at: ecssv.org (http://ecssv.org/)