A Breakthrough

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Recently, I have been exploring a few ideas that have come together to produce something of a breakthrough.

The first has been thinking about how it took thousands of years for people to let go of the geocentric view of the solar system and adopt a heliocentric view, as proposed by Copernicus. It took a long time to make that simple change, but it made a huge difference when it happened.

The second has been writing my book, The Cosma Hypothesis, which presents the argument that as we explore the universe, we need to give as much to the universe as we take from it. I felt that there was something going on here that was analogous to the Copernican Revolution, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

The third has been a review of the book Space Abundance for Humankind’s Needs, by Bob Krone and members of his family. I wanted to bring the Hypothesis into the review and note that we should consider what we can give to the universe in tapping its abundance, as well as what we can take for ourselves.

All of this coalesced recently with the notion that we need to move from an anthropocentric view of space exploration and development to a cosmocentric view. Perhaps that might be analogous to the shift that Copernicus started back in the 16th century. Only time will tell if it is that significant.

I am not sure, at this moment, what this idea means in practical terms, but understanding it is the next step.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point!

Copyright, Frank White, 2017, All Rights Reserved

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  1. In a way, us exploring will be both beneficial to us and to the universe — we are the universe, in ourselves. So then, us exploring would, in turn, be beneficial to the universe. I think in order to gain this perspective we would need to take the competition, the divided nations, the us vs. them, and the need to be great out of space exploration. We need to let go of the attachment we have to being great, and to being better than another. It’s not about us.

    “We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself” – Carl Sagan. We need to explore space because we are committed to being a force of nature. And humanity will be united in doing so.

    1. Rachel,

      You are right. Exploring, done right, will benefit both humanity and the universe. The key question for us is how to achieve the right balance of giving and taking. Thanks for your comment.

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