Twain's contempt and scorn for religion was kept secret for half a century after his death, lest it ruin his stature in Christian America.
If we really want Martian colonies, we can’t send just a few Adams and Eves. We can’t set-up a Martian Jamestown of 100 people.
This is not an idle concern. Extreme caution seems advisable about one who claims that theology informs his policy positions.
The planet Mars has been the focus of two ambitious projects: the search for life forms native to the planet and human colonization.
As humanity looks outward, we ponder what kind of life we ought to take with us to support outposts and eventually colonies off the Earth.
The rationale for those considering cryonics is that there's no guarantee they will ever be revived, but that it is reasonable that they might be.
Throughout history, a clear pattern is visible: Religious believers sometimes kill doubters or throw them into prison as criminals.
What’s the most significant occurrence so far in the 21st century? The remarkably rapid collapse of religion in advanced democracies.
If we line up the four gospels - Mark (60CE), Matthew (70-90CE), Luke (80-95CE), then John (90-100CE) - an interesting pattern emerges.
In the intellectual realm we need to utilize technology to augment our intelligence by any means possible—including artificial intelligence.