|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
PZ Myers also takes a stance opposing Hawking. I have some commentary at this post. Basically, my take is that whatever the situation here, we will colonize space when there is an economic incentive to do so, and not before. So, maybe we all go extinct... if there's no economic reason to make a space colony a go, PZ's observation that most people would not be leaving Earth holds, and we shouldn't expect a colony to be funded and built when very few people would ultimately benefit. When space becomes economically attractive, then we can expect to see people living there.
Given the cost of living here in the Bay area, that day may not be all that far off. :-)
"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker