012: On the implications of colonizing space

Today, the infinite monkeys discuss colonizing space and why it is necessary for humans to begin a multiplanetary civilization. First off, why should we presume that spreading our species is a preferred state? Why is life more valuable than non-life? Is there a hierarchy in value that is based on complexity and sentience? Where would people fall into this and what if there are beings in the universe of higher sentience? Further, is it good that humans spread merely because of their sentience or is it because we have a ‘higher calling?’ What if there is already life on these planets? The implications of whether or not we should spread humanity (and all of the messiness associated with humanity) onto many planets is tackled on many different fronts.

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