Conscious Choice cover

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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LISA Pathfinder switched off

After a successful mission proving the technology for a full scale orbiting gravitational wave detector, LISA Pathfinder was shut off yesterday.

After 16 months of science measurements an international team deactivated the LISA Pathfinder satellite on the evening of the 18th of July 2017. The gravitational-wave laboratory in space powered down after receiving the last commands in the evening and circles the Sun on a safe parking orbit. LISA Pathfinder has tested key technologies for LISA, the future gravitational-wave observatory in space, and has demonstrated their operative readiness. LISA is scheduled to launch into space in 2034 as an ESA mission and will “listen” to the entire Universe by measuring low-frequency gravitational waves.

The idea is laudable, but for Europe to need another seventeen years to build and launch the full scale telescope is absurd. They now know what needs to be done. It should be relatively easy and quick to get it into orbit. And even if it isn’t easy, seventeen more years? Give me a break.


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  • LocalFluff

    I don’t understand how anyone plans a 17 year project these days. BUT! It is a unique instrument the like of which never has and will never exist. When the guys who discovered gravitational waves say so, I shut up and listen. If Kip Thorne says so, I believe it. I believe anything he says. Gravitational waves in the spacetime fabric(?) Maybe I’ll have a chance to see a glimpse him when he receives his Nobel prize in Stockholm this November. The Einstein of our time. Now even the Big Bang isn’t the limit. Making weird weirder.

  • Edward

    LocalFluff wrote: “I don’t understand how anyone plans a 17 year project these days.

    If a project needs a lot of development, then it can take a long time to complete. Gravity Probe-B spent several decades developing new technologies in order to get the astonishingly spherical gyros, a magnetic-field-free environment, and other difficult innovations.

    At first I thought that the 17 years were needed for LISA to develop some forms of technologies or techniques, but the article says, “LISA Pathfinder has tested key technologies for LISA, the future gravitational-wave observatory in space, and has demonstrated their operative readiness.” It later says, “LISA Pathfinder has shown that the required technology for the LISA mission is already working optimally.

    With all the required technology in hand, there must be some unreported reason for such a long lead time to manufacture the three spacecraft. Or maybe ESA is just as unreasonably bureaucratic and slow as the US Defense Department.

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