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Human Hubris And Its Cosmic Consequences

Jul 12, 2018

Humans are great at making a mess of things. So far, however, that mess has been confined to Earth. But as we develop into a spacefaring species, our capacity for destruction, pollution, and prejudice (towards aliens of earthly and unearthly origins) threatens to have cosmic consequences.

Fortunately, not everyone is resigned to letting humanity's vices impede its progress. Artists, philosophers, scientists and citizens alike are engaging in innovative new ideas to ensure our future among the stars is not plagued by the same mistakes we've made on Earth.

This hour we speak with three big thinkers about their vision for humanity's foray into the cosmos. We'll discuss President Trump's proposal for a new "Space Force," the growing problem of space debris, and a visionary project to make music with extraterrestrials.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.