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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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January 12, 2022 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

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  • BtB’s Original Mark

    Bob – It hit me how many SPACE developments are currently happening after listening through AudioBoom to your latest appearance on the John Batchelor Show – the current episodes covering Starlink, Ariane 6, Chinese Robot Arm, Roscosmos, Virgin, JWT, Perseverance, and the Chinese Moon Rover & Chang’e-5 lunar lander. I also wonder how many people heard you cover these many topics through the Batchelor podcasts, internet radio, and WOR 710 radio. Do you know?

    For those who don’t follow Batchelor, in addition to podcasting & being part of iHeart internet radio, John Batchelor is on the legendary WOR 710 radio station with a listening audience in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The WOR 50,000 watt class radio station probably can reach millions.

    Besides listening to Bob’s segments on Space, other topics Batchelor recently covered with guests include:
    Ukraine / Russia / NATO
    Energy Crisis in Europe

    Many of these stories have an indirect effect on space exploration.
    For example, for Kazakhstan, one of Russia’s spaceports is located in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. About two months ago Bob covered the story of the UAE providing funding towards a joint project with Russia & Kazakhstan to upgrade the oldest Soyuz launchpad at Baikonur. So now you know that at least some of your additional gasoline expenses are going towards space launches in Kazakhstan:)

    In regards to Ukraine, as Bob has reported on Jan 1, if tensions between the US & Russia escalate high enough over the Ukraine crisis, this would most likely affect the US Russian joint operation of the ISS.

    Moving on to the subject of China, Gordon G Chang is one of Batchelor’s China Experts. There are numerous economic, military, and political developments in China that will have some type of effect on the Chinese Space Program.

    This goes to show that BtB Space stories just don’t exist in isolation, but are very much connected to Geopolitics, History, and the current Global Economic trends.

    Given the above, here is another Heinlein quote to consider:

    “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.”

    With respect to Heinlein, a current variant of that could be: “A generation which is ignorant of Geopolitics, History, Global Economics & Elites will screw up it’s Space Exploration”. I know – it’s not very snappy.

  • Jeff Wright

    Some items of interest from “We conclude or I believe-rationality declined decades ago.” Duh…

    “Study challenges evolutionary theory that DNA mutations are random.”

    That ranks right up there with the Channeled Scablands as massive flood erosion after all.
    Now, could this finding hurt Dawkins…but at the expense of helping rehabilitate Lysenko and epigenetics? Stay tuned!
    Last but not least:
    “New Study Calls Into Question Early Claims of COVID-19 ‘infodemic’ of Health Misinformation.”


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