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  • Tales of great daring, and achieving victory when the chips are down and all the odds stacked against a hero, will always stir the imagination.  No matter whether they are fact or fiction, they give a sense that bravery and courage will win out in the end, and a just cause will be triumphant.

    Winning Against the Odds

    Tales of great daring, and achieving victory when the chips are down and all the odds stacked against a hero, will always stir the imagination.  No matter whether they are fact or fiction, they give a sense that bravery and courage will win out in the end, and a just cause will be triumphant.

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  • Being trapped in a prison is very destructive to the human spirit.  No matter how extensive the boundaries of the prison might be, the very idea that one cannot go beyond those barriers presents an obstacle to a person’s endeavours – and hopes. 

    Prisons in the Mind

    Being trapped in a prison is very destructive to the human spirit.  No matter how extensive the boundaries of the prison might be, the very idea that one cannot go beyond those barriers presents an obstacle to a person’s endeavours – and hopes. 

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  • If there is one area of modern science which requires a huge leap of imagination to understand it, it must surely be quantum physics. 

    Quantum Imagination

    If there is one area of modern science which requires a huge leap of imagination to understand it, it must surely be quantum physics. 

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  • Oumuamua caused a bit of a stir when it was first detected last October – the first object moving through our Solar System that has been shown to be of interstellar origin.

    Just Passing Through

    Oumuamua caused a bit of a stir when it was first detected last October – the first object moving through our Solar System that has been shown to be of interstellar origin.

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  • Political power comes from the skies. The Chinese leader Mao Zedong once observed that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, but in order to be effective that gun must somehow be transported, as quickly and efficiently as current technology permits, to the scene of the action where it can be used. A weapon is only useful if you can point it at the people you want to control.

    Order in the Heavens

    Political power comes from the skies. The Chinese leader Mao Zedong once observed that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, but in order to be effective that gun must somehow be transported, as quickly and efficiently as current technology permits, to the scene of the action where it can be used. A weapon is only useful if you can point it at the people you want to control.

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  • It is all too easy to forget the essentially human element of all space exploration.  Even if we focus on the technology and mechanics of space travel, and recognise that much of the work will be done by proxy through robot spacecraft, it will be human beings who are at the heart of the project, and it is all being done for their ultimate benefit.  One way or the other, we hope to gain from it.

    We’re Only Human

    It is all too easy to forget the essentially human element of all space exploration. Even if we focus on the technology and mechanics of space travel, and recognise that much of the work will be done by proxy through robot spacecraft, it will be human beings who are at the heart of the project, and it is all being done for their ultimate benefit. One way or the other, we hope to gain from it.

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  • Standing on the edge of a precipice is something which most of us find quite unnerving, especially if we cannot be certain what lies on the other side.  No matter whether that precipice is physical or conceptual, we may experience a fear of the unknown – or even the unknowable – beyond the edge.

    The Edge of Knowledge

    Standing on the edge of a precipice is something which most of us find quite unnerving, especially if we cannot be certain what lies on the other side.  No matter whether that precipice is physical or conceptual, we may experience a fear of the unknown – or even the unknowable – beyond the edge.

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  • First contact with an alien race will most likely pose problems.  As Princess Irulan said in a different context at the start of David Lynch’s 1984 movie Dune, “A beginning is a very delicate time”, and a great deal could go seriously wrong if a first encounter goes astray.

    First Impressions Count

    First contact with an alien race will most likely pose problems. As Princess Irulan said in a different context at the start of David Lynch’s 1984 movie Dune, “A beginning is a very delicate time”, and a great deal could go seriously wrong if a first encounter goes astray.

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  • The way we see the world is strongly conditioned by how we expect it to be – or, at least, that’s the argument in some quarters.  Which calls into question how the average person would react if their world turned out to be something quite different to what it had seemed previously.

    It’s A Funny Old World

    The way we see the world is strongly conditioned by how we expect it to be – or, at least, that’s the argument in some quarters. Which calls into question how the average person would react if their world turned out to be something quite different to what it had seemed previously.

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