Exponential Expansion: Galactic Destiny or Technological Hubris?

B. R. Finney
1985 Symposium - International astronomical union  
Is it our destiny to expand exponentially to populate the galaxy, or is such a vision but an extreme example of technological hubris? The overall record of human evolution and dispersion over the Earth can be cited to support the view that we are a uniquely expansionary and technological animal bound for the stars, yet an examination of the fate of individual migrations and exploratory initiatives raises doubts. Although it may be in keeping with our hubristic nature to predict ultimate
more » ... expansion, there is no way to specify how far expansionary urges may drive our spacefaring descendants.
doi:10.1017/s0074180900146832 fatcat:urkadwastfbxnbw4efy55xy2om