From: J. Maynard Gelinas <j.maynard.gelinas.nul> Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:40:49 +0800 Archived: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:07:17 -0500 Subject: Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity >From: J. Maynard Gelinas <j.maynard.gelinas.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:16:09 +0800 >Subject: Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity Correction - I should have more closely read my reply before hitting send - apologies) >>From: Stanton T. Friedman <fsphys.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:11:41 -0400 >>Subject: Re: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity >>>From: J. Maynard Gelinas <j.maynard.gelinas.nul> >>>To: post.nul >>>Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 07:37:25 +0800 >>>Subject: Sampling Earth's Biodiversity >>>Speculative: On sampling Earth's biodiversity In Search For >>>Novel Reactive Compounds >><snip> >>Three quick points:: >>1. Earth is the densest planet in the solar system implying >>higher levels of such very high density metals as Rhenium, >>Osmium, Gold tungsten, uranium,etc.. all of which have special >>properties and appear to be rare in the stars of the local >>neighborhood. >Interesting point. Does that mean you argue that such elements are >unavailable for harvesting in the asteroid belt? Wouldn't Earth be >made primarily of the same stuff as what existed in the dust ring >during stellar formation? If so, doesn't that imply that such during planetary formation? If so... >materials are abundant elsewhere in the solar system? >>2. While there is undoubtedly water on other bodies here, none >>are covered with a deep ocean containing both readily accesible >>life forms and, at the bottom, loads of relatively well >>segrgated metals, diamonds, etc. >So the argument here is not that water is special (we agree) but that >certain metals and carbon forms are available in the oceans of Earth >that aren't available elsewhere in the solar system. The words 'life >forms', however, go right to my initial argument. Finding by accident, >or modifying by intent, the genetic nature of a life form to produce >specific molecular compounds is exactly what I'm driving at. Why >sample the biodiversity of Earth without a purpose framed within >self-interest? >Ultimately, I'm arguing that repeated visitations suggest some kind of >rational 'self-interest' gain rather than expending the energy on a >long term program to travel here out of 'pure research' intent. >IMO: the best counter-argument against my suggestion is to presume the >advent of self-replicating nanotechnology - akin to what Drexler >proposes. However, if one were to guess that Drexler's goals are >pie-in-the-sky and much more difficult to achieve than we imagine, >than the 'harvesting novel molecular compounds' from life becomes a then the 'harvesting novel....' >viable option to achieve similar goals. <snip> J. Maynard Gelinas Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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