Discussion Group Issues Bill Schrader Pavilion 22 February, 2016 12 noon to 13:30

Discussion Group Issues

Bill Schrader Pavilion

22 February, 2016

12 noon to 13:30


A – Answer question 1 on the following page.

B – Most of us think of AFTERLIFE in a Christian context.  This note argues that no end to humanity is embedded in us and to believe that civilization would end soon, even after our own little death, would change our world and the way we relate to it.  What do you think?

C –A NYTimes columnist once argued that America’s celebration of large servings was behind its overweight plague. “I was steering my cart through Costco the other day, wondering whether to waddle to the aisle where they sell cashews by the quarter-ton or to the one with thousand-piece packs of chicken thighs, when an epiphany pierced the fog of my gluttony.”  Do you agree?

D – Do you get enough exercise?

E – Is greed:

1 – a moral failure

2 – the engine of growth

3 – like medicine, good in an appropriate dose?

How can it be managed?



Question !:  Will we discover a twin Earth?
“My money’s on yes. We’ve found that planets around other stars are far more abundant and diverse than scientists imagined just a couple of decades ago. And we’ve also found that the crucial ingredient for life on this planet—water—is common in space. I’d say nature seems to have stacked the deck in favour of a wide range of planets, including Earth-like planets. We just have to look for them.”

—Aki Roberge, research astrophysicist focusing on exoplanets at NASA 

Goddard Space Flight Center

Three additional comments:

1- see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rare_Earth_hypothesis

2 – We have been searching for a signal from space long-time.  That we have had no success means that an electronic earth must be a rare thing.

3 – I believe the important issue is (somewhat) intelligent life like we enjoy.  Is such a possibility higher or lower?