This article has to be one of the dumbest articles I have read in some time. The author cites a group of kooks who actually believe that in the next 100 years, a spaceship filled with 10,000 people will be launched on an interstellar journey. Such wishful thinking. Look, as a young boy, I was quite confident that by the year 2012, we would have a base on the moon and be in the process of trying to colonize Mars. Yet the reality is that the United States cannot send a man to the moon in the year 2012. We’ll send probes, but in the end, we are stuck here.
Look, I know. The article was written to “stir discussion” and “provoke thought.” In other words, generate links and hits. Yet when you read through the comments section of this science site, no one seems to question the reality of sending a spaceship filled with 10,000 people being launched on an interstellar journey in this century.
What’s more, the article has succeeded in finding some Christian pastors who argue the Church would be able to fund such a project, but people should not be allowed to take their religion into space because it is too toxic. Clearly, it’s just another anti-religion article with scifi dressings.
Okay, let’s put 10,000 Gnus on a spaceship and send them to another Star. But if we go that route, I strongly advise that this spaceship is designed such that it has no elevators and that all astronauts get a thorough background check by Carrier and his A+ crowd. Otherwise, I’m afraid they would not survive the trip out of our solar system.