Jun 24, 01 / Jun 13, 17 09:30 UTC

I've been investigating Krafft Arnold Ehricke's thoughts upon human expansion into space. Ehricke was a rocket propulsion engineer who promoted a philosophical concept called the "Extraterrestrial Imperative." Ehricke believed that it was the responsibility of humanity to explore space and exploit the resources of the Solar System in order to sustain the development of the species. I thought it might be interesting to have a discussion here within the context of Asgardia about his three Laws of Aeronautics.

First Law: Nobody and nothing under the natural laws of this universe imposes any limitations on man, except man himself.

Second Law: Not only the Earth, but the entire Solar System, and as much of the universe as he can reach under the laws of nature, are man's rightful domain of activity.

Third Law: By expanding throughout the universe, man fulfills his destiny as an element of life, endowed with the power of reason and the wisdom of the moral law within himself.



Jun 24, 01 / Jun 13, 17 09:30 UTC

This is quite exciting to learn about. Have you any books of him or about him you would recommend for a good reading on the topic?

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Jun 24, 01 / Jun 13, 17 09:30 UTC

Hi @Yovy, He wrote a book called the Extraterrestrial Imperative among many others related to space, some of which are available online. There is also a great lecture by Martha Freeman http://player.mashpedia.com/player.php?q=9K2nHXgxQjg It was what initially caught my interest in his philosophical work.

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Jun 24, 01 / Jun 13, 17 09:30 UTC

Wow. That dude was arrogant.

His entire argument is premised on the idea that humanity is supreme, always knows what is best, and anything that is for the benefit of humanity is, by extension, best for the universe.

It completely FAILS to take into account ...

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Jun 24, 01 / Jun 13, 17 09:30 UTC

Great point @phicksur.

I will admit the lofty views of human supremacy in the universe presented in the laws bothers me a bit. Once I put the overall work into the context of Ehricke's time however I saw it was based, at least in part, on the ...

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Jun 24, 01 / Jun 13, 17 09:30 UTC

Wow, I just found a free PDF from the NASA website of the Extraterrestrial Imperative. It looks more like a research paper than an actual book.

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Jun 24, 01 / Jun 13, 17 09:30 UTC

@yovy I call pretty much everything I read a book and everything I watch a show.... it drives my friends kinda nuts :)