I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those bankedofthe emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait. I do not think we will have to wait for long .
Others, one suspects, are afraid that the crossing of , and above all contact with intelligent but nonhuman races, may destroy the foundations of their. They may be right, but in any event their attitude is one which does not bear logical examination — for a faith which cannot survive collision with theis not worth many regrets. .
They will have time enough, in those endless aeons, to attempt all things, and to gather all... noimagined by our minds have ever possessed thethey will command ... But for all that, they may envy us, basking in the bright afterglow of Creation; for we knew thewhen it was young. .
Yet now, as he roared across the toward an unknown , he found himself facing that bleak and ultimate question which so few men can answer to their satisfaction. What have I done with my , he asked himself, that thewill be poorer if I leave it. .
One of the biggest roles ofis to prepare people to accept thewithoutand to encourage a flexibility of . Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. Two-thirds of 2001 is realistic — hardware and technology — to establish background for the , , and later. .
"... we have a situation in which millions of vehicles, each aof often unnecssary complication, are hurtling in all directions under the impulse of anything up to 200 horsepower. Many of them are the size of small houses and contain a couple of tons of sophisticated alloys — yet often carry a single passenger. They can travel at a hundred miles an hour, but are lucky if they average forty. In one lifetime they have consumed more irreplaceable fuel than has been used in the whole previous history of mankind. The roads to support them, inadequate though they are, cost as much as a small war; the analogy is a good one, for the casualties are on the same scale." .
I wanted to kill myself. I would have done it, too, if I had owned a . I was considering the gruesome alternatives — pills, slitting my wrists with a razor blade, jumping off a bridge — when another student called to ask me a detailed question on relativity. There was no way, after fifteen minutes of thinking about Mr. , thatwas still a viable option. Divorce, certainly. Celibacy, highly likely. Butwas out of the question. I could never have prematurely terminated my love affair with physics. .
The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for— much less— beyond thisdoes not surprise or disappoint me in the least. Ourmust still be laughably primitive, we may be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms while the ether around them carries moreper second than they could utter in a lifetime. .
Finally, I would like to assure my many , , , , and that I am sincerelythat thewhichhas given you has contributed to yourof(and often, as Western medicalnow reluctantly admits, to your physical well-being). Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and , thanand un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be thechallenge of the . Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future. .
There is the possibility thatcan outgrow its infantile tendencies, as I suggested in . But it is amazing how childishly gullible humans are. There are, for example, so many different— each of them claiming to have the , each saying that their truths are clearly superior to the truths of others — how can someone possibly take any of them seriously? I mean, that's . ...Though I sometimes call myself a crypto-Buddhist,is not a religion. Of those around at the moment,is the only one that has any appeal to me. But, of course, Islam has been tainted by other influences. The Muslims are behaving like , I'm afraid. .
We should be less concerned about adding years to life, and more about adding life to years. I have been very fortunate to have witnessed some of humanity's greatest achievements during the 20th century that is nearing its end. Yet we must admit that it has also been the most savage century in the history of our kind. If I can have one more wish, I want to see lasting and achieved in Sri Lanka as early as possible. But I am aware that peace cannot just be wished; it involves hard ,and persistence. As we welcome 2001, let us harness our collective energies to create a culture of peace and a land of . .
Theof asteroid or comet impact is one of the bestfor getting into space … I'm very fond of quoting my friend : "The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!" .
I've been saying for a long time that I'm hoping to find in Washington ... I'm reasonably sure there must be life in this solar system, on Mars or on Europa, and other places. I think life is probably going to be ubiquitous, though we still don't have any proof of that yet — and still less, any proof of intelligent life anywhere. But I hope that will be coming in the next decade or so through radio astronomy or, perhaps, the discovery of objects in space which are obviously artificial. Astronomical engineering — that may be the other thing to look for. .
Theoffers much to , and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. But it is vital to remember that information — in the sense of raw data — is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these. .
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