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starship-design: Re: Why go to the stars? - Lee
>They (the baptists) were just an example. But, I can imagine any number of
>groups coming up with reasons to leave in mass. Once you have made provision
>for a few dozen people it is only a small step to a few hundred, a little
>step to a few thousand. The first step is the biggest. There may even be an
>"economy of scale" that comes into play here. It may actually get easier to
>put together a mission of a few thousand people than a few dozen.
I understood it was an example (I wonder whether other more rational groups
could collect that much money though).
I believe your main point was to say that going to the stars was needed to
get freedom. I tried to explain, why I thought that going to the stars to
get freedom seemed to be the most expensive option of several others.
(Eg. building a large spacestation or going to Mars may do the same)
After that I tried to give another reason for going to the stars, namely to
get a different worldview and to get into a hard environment (from where you
can't easely escape). My guess was that the latter two may spark development