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    Avoiding intellectual stagnation: the starship as an expander of minds

    Crawford, Ian (2014) Avoiding intellectual stagnation: the starship as an expander of minds. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 67 , pp. 253-257. ISSN 0007-084X.

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    Abstract

    Interstellar exploration will advance human knowledge and culture in multiple ways. Scientifically, it will advance our understanding of the interstellar medium, stellar astrophysics, planetary science and astrobiology. In addition, significant societal and cultural benefits will result from a programme of interstellar exploration and colonisation. Most important will be the cultural stimuli resulting from expanding the horizons of human experience, and increased opportunities for the spread and diversification of life and culture through the Galaxy. Ultimately, a programme of interstellar exploration may be the only way for human (and post-human) societies to avoid the intellectual stagnation predicted for the `end of history'.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): interstellar exploration, philosophy of space exploration, future of humanity
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 13:43
    Last Modified: 17 May 2016 13:43
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15200

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