Mar 18, 2012
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Category: Tech, z - Arts & Culture
Cool video. But “dreaming big” has yet to solve world hunger. It has yet to solve genocide. It has yet to stop crime. Once dreaming big solves problems like these, the problems we’re faced with right here, on this planet, then let’s worry about space travel. Even in America, and we feel the effects here in Canada as well, this dreaming big has created such horrible problems. Obesity, STD’s, you name it. He wants heroes. Let’s make heroes for people to look up to and thus dream big. Let these be heroes who help the hungry, the dying, the elderly, the disabled, etc. Those people are real heroes. That’s how big we should be dreaming.
Did you not understand his mail point though? Going to the moon, going to Mars INSPIRES people to do great things and inspires people to dream for tomorrow. THe point is that the effect of the inspiration is so much farther reaching than even the edges of the universe because people can grow up with the dream of tomorrow and apply it to any field. Yes, we have tons of problems to solve here on Earth, but without the desire, the feeling of NEED to create a better tomorrow how can you expect people to want to change things? How many people were alive to watch the space race and to see us land on the moon that were inspired to do things and get an education and create things that have nothing to do with space at all? Probably too many to count. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ER
Alright, I’ll bite.
Without the advances that came from the space race, you wouldn’t be using this computer. You wouldn’t have your cellular telephone without the satellites in the atmosphere. You wouldn’t have GPS technology. We wouldn’t have CAT scans. We wouldn’t have rotary blood pumps. We wouldn’t have cordless power tools. We wouldn’t have all sorts of polyethylene plastics that are necessary for the function of sterile hospital IVs. We wouldn’t have lasers. We wouldn’t have Solid State hard drives. Advanced scientific research that has ENABLED genetic research which IS working to end hunger. You have thoroughly missed the point of Dr. Tyson’s presentation.
The people who put us on the moon did something that was harder that hitting a dime with a bottle rocket. They did the math with graph paper and protractors. They did something that made everyone look to how great humanity could be. They were exhibiting that people could shed futile things like national boundaries. The moon landing was without a doubt the single greatest human accomplishment that there ever was. Virtually all of our modern technology was in some way derived or improved from the program.
The technologists that were then children were inspired to BECOME scientists and engineers who CAN end hunger, solve genocide, and end disease. It is painfully myopic to claim that space travel has not solved any problems. You want to save the world? You save the world by working and doing. How do you inspire someone to work and do? You have great people SHOW you how great humanity can be.
Not exactly an answer to your concerns, but take a look at this video by the same author:
It might show the correlation a little between the bigger picture of NASA and Science and social concerns
Sorry, try this:
Harnessing the power of hot air.
It takes more than anger to justify that kind of investment.
People find the power to dream in books. Why not invest that money in the promotion of reading?
People are inspired by a variety of things that don’t require this kind of investment.
Scientific exploration extends in all directions, not just into outer space. Why does space exploration have to represent the ultimate aim of science? Is it because it is expensive? Or because it is difficult? Is it greed? The desire to subdue and cultivate?
Why do we dream of these things, and are these dreams legitimate? Are we entitled to dream them, or are they chimeras, follies?
There are unexplored places on our earth, untackled obstacles. There are barriers and achievements ripe for creating and absorbing the inspiration of man. We have not conquered earth, and yet we want to conquer mars?
It’s possible to teach people to dream without actually going into space. Just to look at the stars can make you dream. To desire to possess them can make you greedy and insatiable.
It’s well written emotionally-drive persuasion (I won’t go so far as propaganda), but I don’t buy the fundamental argument that we are dependent on a federally funded agency for the ability to dream.
Still a good video.
Comments #2 and #3 are entirely correct.
I suspect there will be a man on Mars by 2050, however.
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