I have been captivated by space exploration since I was in grammar school which included a mysterious recuring illness that seemed to coincide with space missions. Like everyone, my world view is a product of many early influences. Two of them, at the age of 12, are most notable: reading (as best I could) and "Intelligent Life in the Universe" and seeing/readingStanley Kubrick Arthur C. Clarke's . Over the ensuing three decades, their books and TV shows have made a continual impression upon me. If you think you see the influence of these guys upon anything in this website you are not at all mistaken.
A mother was once scolding her teen-age son
for being ``selfish''. The boy -- who was very bright -- suddenly turned
to the mother and said: ``Mother, one thing I would like to know: For whose
sake do you wish me to be unselfish?'' p.128.
Most people hate egotists. They remind them of themselves. I love egotists. They remind me of me. p.132.Materialist: ``It makes no more sense to ask where one's consciousness goes after death than to ask where the motion of a motor goes after the motor is turned off. The motion does not _go_ _anywhere_; it just ceases.''
Interesting phrase: "I couldn't fail
to disagree with you less!" p203.