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Till the Ductile Anchor Hold: Towards Space Settlements in the 21st Century.Humans are restless explorers. For 99% of humanity s time on Earth, we have been nomadic wanderers, not farmers, warriors, factory workers, developers, or NASA employees. Only recently--for only a few thousand years--have most humans been tied to the land as many are now. But as more and more of us live in information societies and some indeed in dream societies where our identity derives from the knowledge we share and the image we project, and not from the property we own or the manual work we do, the time may be coming when we should break free from the land, and roam once again. But beware: the reality of Man and Woman the Explorer has a very dark side as well. Many people where I live view the recent experience of Man on the Move as a history of theft, murder, racism, exploitation, and genocide. So we need to be very careful if we say that space exploration is only natural for humans, since the experience has not been very uplifting and noble for most recipients of the exploring of others. But such warnings are not new. Humans have been alerting each other to the dangers of change and novelty from the very beginning: Who and what is this?
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Conference Paper
Dator, Jim (Hawaii Univ. HI, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 2006
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the Next Generation Exploration Conference
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Next Generation Exploration Conference(Moffett Field, CA)
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Public Use Permitted.

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