Perhaps, in less than ten years, people will get a chance to live on planet Mars and eventually create a sustainable civilization there. Elon Musk, president of Tesla Motors, has been interested in colonizing Mars for awhile. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation was founded by Musk in 2002 and 14 years later, he announced at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico his plan to send humans to colonize Mars with his future Interplanetary Transport System spaceship-rocket. Residing/moving to other planets is a science fiction dream that is possible, especially with our constant advancing aerospace technology. Of course, this fascinating news has its pros and cons. Musk also explained that the very first colonists (he does not recommend children of course) who are brave enough to try & reside on Mars should understand it will be a dangerous first journey and be prepared to die…if it comes to that. This possibility may terrify many people, but there are some who are willing to be a part of the “trial and error” phase of a new settlement/colony in a foreign world, while most would prefer to go after everything has been figured out and deemed ‘safe”. The Universe, as expansive as it is with all of the galaxies out there, humanity should be curious to know where else could life forms and sustainable living exist. One of the interesting things to ponder is that out of all the countless planets in our Universe, there are probably other forms of life that look alot like us and/or beings that differ quite alot in physical appearance and biology depending on the planet. Worlds with features/climates that are probably breathtaking and amazing. Colonizing Mars would be the beginning of a future that brings a new age to our civilization and space travel. Of course, let’s just make sure we do not get to travel to new worlds, planets located in different galaxies and do a “Avatar” like mission, which has been done before throughout history within our own world. Nevertheless, I have faith in humanity responsibly visiting and inhabiting livable planets in our galaxy and beyond. The process will be controversial, trying, costly, and with error…but may be a astronomical phenomenon that is both exciting & will change the course of science and humanity, perhaps sooner than later.
Machiavellianism, introduced in the Niccolo Machiavelli book The Prince, is a term that does not just apply to the Dark Triad subject in applied psychology. Machiavelli’s philosophies in The Prince included the belief that it is okay to use immoral/foul means such as manipulation & showing a disregard for morality in relation to personal gain and self interest. Some people argue that Machiavelli’s acceptance of immoral actions was due to the fact that he lived during a time in Rome when political conflicts and success through criminal actions were common among it’s leaders. However, this time period is not the only era where immoral actions have been common in society. As long as societies have existed, baleful actions have been used throughout history for different reasons…not just among princes vying for power. Unfortunately, it is accepted and a normal/common practice for societies to manipulate and commit evil doings toward others for their own personal gain/self interest in our world. Many people have developed a “that’s just the way it is” perspective on this detrimental behavior because it has been universally prevalent throughout our timeline so far. Therefore, Machiavelli’s philosophies are not just historic political science lessons that reflect the world he knew…but it also can be used to compare what is now, the present. It has gotten to the point where we question & categorize just what is immoral and moral depending on a society/culture’s accepted practices. I may be speaking from a bias point of view because I believe in not perfection, but at least trying our best to be morally upright and emphasizing virtue & genuine goodness. However, no matter what different ethical/moral philosophies exist, Machiavelli’s The Prince should have been a reference for what to avoid, but it now seems as if it is a repeated pattern that does not just apply to old Rome’s royal hierarchies or a personality test. Nevertheless, since the future is not yet written and the present is still unfolding, there is no universal rule that implies history has to keep repeating itself. Yet, even though we are one humanity, we are also individuals who do not share the same mentalities and belief system when it comes to virtue and morality. ..perhaps that is why treatises like The Prince and Machiavellianism seems to have been a relevant philosophy for a very long time.
Astronomy is very interesting and fascinating to learn about. This book, created by the renowned physicist & veteran science writer James Trefil, is full of superb imagery that was captured from the most progressive space missions ever. I mean, this book has some of the best photos that were ever taken, which details the whole universe. This adventurous book starts with our solar system, then into the stars of the Milky Way, and then beyond into the outer reaches of the cosmos. The mind blowing pics includes: nebulas, galaxy Centaurus A with a massive black hole at it’s heart), comets, and so much more. Of course, this book is not just a picture book…it is pretty big & holds information about the history of the universe & time line of breakthroughs in astronomical studies. There is very detailed information on planets & never before published maps. This book has over 300 pages with current info about our solar system, galaxy, universe, exoplanets, dark matter, and so much more. I’ve had this book for several months now, and this is actually my third time reading it. So, if you are a astronomy enthusiast like myself or interested in learning more about this science, then I’m pretty sure you would love this book if you have not already read it.
I have an intense fascination with black holes & learning about the many wonders of our universe. Black holes are so interesting because inside one (singularity) , it has zero point in size & infinite density. Let’s just ponder on that & actually think about what this means. Light cannot escape it & it’s gravitational pull is so strong & the event horizon (the place where escape is not possible) cannot be seen locally. I think that black holes are related to time travel, but we just have to get close enough to the Event Horizon without getting swallowed. This documentary discusses the largest black holes in the universe & our milky way may have millions of black holes. Now, this documentary may seem ”scary” to some, but I don’t fear black holes. Yes, there are some that are extremely large & may be destructive…but black holes are amazing.
The book that I am currently reading is Physics of The Impossible by Michio Kaku. Now, this book discusses the possibilities of using our advanced technology to do things that we have only seen be done in science fiction. I am still reading this book, and some of the things that Kaku discusses, includes teleportation & time travel. One side of me is excited to know that there is a scientific way to do these things & how it correlates with physics, but another side of me imagines all of the not-so-great things humans might try to do if we ever found a successful way to do these wonders. Like, who knows what could happen if time travel abilities got into the wrong hands. Teleportation does not violate the laws of physics, but it probably would not be anything like what we see in movies or from comic book characters. Before I get into further detail about these possibilities, I am going to do further research on Class I and 2 physics impossibilities that he categorizes & read all of this book. However, we need to keep in mind that Kaku is just speculating, but this book is really cool.