I got frustrated with myself after re-reading my January post on human space exploration. Why? Halfway through it I talked myself out of most of my reservations about setting up a human colony on Mars.
Most of my readers favored colonization, but for different reasons. One took the Edmund Hillary viewpoint and argued that people need to explore the solar system in person “Because it’s there!” Another sided with Craig Venter’s idea of converting genetic information into digital information and launching encapsulated seeds of civilization (even encapsulated cognitive entities) for reconstitution on Mars and beyond – a kind of anthropogenic panspermia.