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Space colonization remains the only long-term option for humanity: A reply to Torres

Cirkovic, Milan M. (2018) Space colonization remains the only long-term option for humanity: A reply to Torres. [Preprint]

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Recent discussion of the alleged adverse consequences of space colonization by Phil Torres in this journal is critically assessed. While the concern for suffering risks (s-risks) should be part of any strategic discussion of the cosmic future of humanity, the Hobbesian picture painted by Torres is largely flawed and unpersuasive. Instead, there is a very real risk that the skeptical arguments will be taken too seriously and future human flourishing in space delayed or prevented.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Cirkovic, Milan M.mcirkovic@aob.rs0000-0002-6634-1321
Additional Information: Futures, in press
Keywords: space colonization; existential risks; futures studies; extraterrestrial intelligence; cosmic optimism
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Milan Cirkovic
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 19:46
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2018 19:46
Item ID: 15207
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2018.09.006
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.07.051
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Technology
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: September 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15207

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