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    Yep. Those terrestrial primates are so damned clever that they will be able to do what no other planet-borne civilization could do before them: escape their worn-out sun and expand into the greater Milky Way.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2014
     
    Will that be soon?
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    The Galactic Federation would never allow today's hairless apes to infest another system.
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    Posted By: alsetalokinsurely you know some people who are just too smart to be allowed to reproduce.
    Einstein's kids weren't especially gifted. It doesn't seem to work that way
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2014
     
    What about your children?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2014
     
    D

    Humans have long history with causing extinctions.

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/humans-have-long-history-causing-extinctions

    I guess the ones we bumped off were smarter than us (well according to Angus's theory).
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    Posted By: TrimWhat about your children?
    Son below average, daughter above. C'est la vie, mon brave
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2014
     
    Good idea try and get an Au Pair to teach them a foreign language and if possible start them on a fun musical instrument, show them conjuring tricks especially ones where a good memory is needed.

    The Khan academy is good too.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2014
     
    Posted By: TrimI guess the ones we bumped off were smarter than us (well according to Angus's theory).


    Your progeny may survive. You seem to have difficulty grasping what I said, which was that consciousness may be a dead end because it bumps ITSELF off.
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      CommentAuthorEndeavour
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2014
     
    All life is a dead end or end's up dead.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2014
     
    All life comes from dead stuff however.

    The dinosaurs are all dead but some of their molecules are in you.
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    That's right. Most of the potassium in my inner ears comes from triceratops horn
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2014
     
    Posted By: alsetalokinBesides, the "population" is a construct. All the action happens at the level of the individual.

    Pah! the "individual" is a construct, all the action happens at the level of their neurons.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2014
     
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2014 edited
     
    DM

    Startram over two years old when the hell are we going to start building it?

    'Startram' magnetic space train could deliver four million people a year into orbit by 2032, say designers.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2113785/The-11-09-Venus-leaving-platform-9-Startram-magnetic-space-train-deliver-million-people-year-orbit-2030-say-designers.html


    BTE

    Startram to the Rescue – Getting Gen1 Parts into Orbit.

    http://www.buildtheenterprise.org/startram-to-the-rescue-getting-gen1-parts-into-orbit


    Why is the Gen1 Ship So Big?

    http://www.buildtheenterprise.org/why-is-the-gen1-ship-so-big
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    It parses as Start Ram to the causal observer. Needs appropriate capitalisation, thus: StarTram.
    The chief criticism of this idea of which I'm aware is the monumental superconducting current required to keep the end aloft. People are quoted as saying that it would blank out communications over two states
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2014
     
    Why build it in America?
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    Posted By: TrimWhy build it in America?

    Because that's where all the talented Chinese and Indian engineers are.
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    +8
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2014
     
    Northern Australia, as long as the native boomerangs still come back.