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Man's mastery of the earth is a unique evolutionary event on this planet. We have multiplied our numbers with techniques never before possible. This limits the diversity of life. It is a threat to the diversity that created and nourishes us. We must recognize the limits that our finite planet 

imposes and the possibilities that the seemingly boundless universe opens to us. The instincts to master, control, dominate and overrun the planet must soon be diverted to new dimensions or they will do great harm to us and life on this planet. Finite resources limit freedom and diversity. We instinctively understand that space, as the next but perhaps not final frontier, is where we must start looking to divert these instincts. Unfortunately instead of understanding that this is a long term process that we do not yet have the technology to seriously pursue we are exporting our plundering of the planet to our immediate neighborhood in space. Space stations and the manned exploration of space with current technology wastes resources, pollutes space  with dangerous debris and does little to prepare the way for a true exploration of space.

In time the complexity of connections between individuals in our society will exceed the complexity of the human brain. The telephone, radio, television and the Internet are important embryonic steps in that direction. In the not too distant future the network connection between human beings will bypass the senses and connect directly to the nervous system. This technology is being developed to help those with impaired senses but it will eventually provide communication capabilities beyond those possible through the senses and that will lead to its use by more than those with impaired sensation. In time our sensations will become collective and global and the most interesting organism will not be the individual person but the new class of individual being that society as a whole has become. The highest level of consciousness will be vested in the collective mind  and global network of our society. If that new class of individual, which requires the resources of an entire planet, cannot reproduce and evolve then evolution will stagnate even though we may continue to develop for billions of years on this small planet.

Space is the domain for the reproduction and evolution of this new class of being and technology a necessary mechanism for this new stage in biological evolution.

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