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Hi Michael, A little off topic (my apologies) but this looks interesting; It details Ray Kurzweil's belief than humanity will "transcend" itself by 2029, thanks to an exponential growth in technology, and attempts at human / machine interfaces. Very materialist based, but some of the ideas are quite (literally) mind blowing.

Yes, we are definitely behind schedule. I've been a Star Trek fan since I was a teenager, and the new ST movie coming out next week got me thinking about this again.

I think what we lack is a positive vision of the future worth striving for, which ST provided for many people. To have the kind of future in which we are living in space and exploring other worlds, you have to pre envision it, because it's so hard to do, and you have to make it look like something worth doing.

Hard core scientists land a probe on Mars and get excited to tears by a rock that most of us would ignore as uninteresting even if it is Martian. And as long as those kinds of people with those kinds of narrow interests are in charge of what we are going into space for, going into space will only have appeal to a very small minority of a very small minority.

But the tallest mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons, is on Mars. It DWARFS Mt. Everest. And Mars also has a canyon as long as the United States. Even the average person can get excited about seeing sights as fantastic as those in person. But I wouldn't give even half a squat for a Martian rock which is, after all, still just a rock.

But show me something I can climb taller than anything I can climb here on Earth, and you've given me a human reason to go to Mars, not an extremely narrow scientific one.

The universe isn't merely a place to do science experiments in, it's a place to explore for the value of exploring all by itself, and I think we don't really have a sense that that is what it is or could be.

Yes, why aren't we all flying around like George Jetson?

Yeah, I dont see the space thing happening. I see Ray Kurzweil's argument more convincing as computer technology is growing faster than space technology.

As a person evolves to recognize multiple layers of consciousness and awareness, then it becomes apparent that every human being is not conscious of experiencing exactly same thing at the same time.

Individuals who work in the modern space industry have their own ideas of what is practical and possible. The commercial side, including developments due to the X-Prize and other initiatives, are only limited visions of reality. Scientists base their ideas of what is possible on theories, peer reviews and what is accepted as plausible by collective authorties. Expanded visions shared by Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke are not what the general public is ready to consciously sense and experience. Human beings underestimate the power of their own beliefs and thoughts.

To shift from psychological limits imposed by the physical world, experience reveals diverse modes of travel are now possible. Astral dreaming and other human capacities enable inner energy to travel in ways many human beings still resist. Explanations include fear and core misunderstanding. A key point is that one is unable to explain non-physical phenomena with physical rules, tools and limited perspective.

Conscious dream states enable the mind to surrender to what is. Presumed laws of behaviour and misplaced assumptions in the physical plane prevent people from moving beyond them. To experience astral and other unconventional travel shifts beliefs about what is not happening to what might be possible, to what is happening now. One view is that until the truth is felt and leaves you speechless, then you are still in the dark seeking light.

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