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Comment: Without romanticism exploration will stagnate (Score 1) 128

by dragmyfeet (#30657478) Attached to: Mars Images Reveal Evidence of Ancient Lakes

What is so special about humans manipulating measuring equipment versus robots? This notion that we must send people into space is just romantic.

The romanticism of the adventure is one of the strongest motivators of exploration. Take that away, and it's just work.

Besides, there are practical reasons for sending humans into space. One day, in order for the human species to survive, we will have to move off this rock and travel to other regions of our galaxy. We might as well start our baby steps now.

Comment: Nihil novi sub sole (Score 1) 101

by dragmyfeet (#30651246) Attached to: Astronomers Discover 33 Pairs of Waltzing Black Holes

1) nearly every galaxy has a central super-massive black hole 2) galaxies commonly collide and merge to form new, more massive galaxies. [...] The two black holes gradually in-spiral toward the center of this galaxy, engaging in a gravitational tug-of-war with the surrounding stars.

If this was a comment on the life of corporations, I would mod it "Insightful" (just substitue "galaxy" with "corporation" and "back hole" with "CEO").

Just goes to show you, micro and macro-scale ecology is eeringly similar. I think we need a lecture on fractals and how they apply to this situation.

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