Book – Rare Earth

We may be rarer than we think 

An assumption drilled into most of us by popular science fiction is that the stars are full of planets similar to Earth and that someday, we will learn how to travel between the stars and colonize them. For us then, a new and infinitely large frontier will open up and we will be able to escape the limitations and the mistakes we’ve made here on the planet which birthed our species.

This book should be required reading for folks on all sides of the ecology debates. It indicates that our future frontier may not exist and we will have to live here forever with the consequences of our thoughtlessness.

Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe by Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee

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