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RE: starship-design: One way (again...)

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> From: 	kuo@bit.csc.lsu.edu[SMTP:kuo@bit.csc.lsu.edu]
> Subject: 	Re: starship-design: One way (again...)
> OTOH, if we saw intelligent life with interstellar capability, it
> would be imperative we develop similar capability.  Even if the
> aliens were "friendly", we'd be at quite a disadvantage if we lagged
> behind in interstellar capability.  We must not allow a mineshaft gap!
Well, while I agree this scenario would work, the problem for our
purposes is that if this were a true event, and we could find that an
intelligent species at interstellar distances had the capability for
interstellar travel, we'd probably also be able to tell something about
their means of transportation, which would give us hints as to which
road to go down, technologically speaking.  Since this isn't happening,
we really can't discuss the relative merits of alien technology on this
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