Favorite Quotes From Starship Century Symposium

Here are some of the favorite quotes from the Starship Century Symposium held May 21st and 22nd, 2013 at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination – University of California, San Diego.

“By the time we are ready to build starships we will know where to send them.” ~Planetary scientist Ian Crawford

“Just because a planet is habitable does not mean it’s inhabit-ed!” ~Popular physicist Paul Davies

“Transition from non-life to life identified with phase-shift in pattern of information flow from bottom-up to top-down.” ~Popular physicist Paul Davies

Gregory Benford’s good conference guidelines: “Questions are more interesting than StarshipCenturySymposium_Crawfordspeeches.”

“Geoff Landis just solved a huge problem. Religions are the answer for starships and best bet is Scientologists going home.” ~Peter Schwartz

Scientist-writer Adam Crowl comes with the day’s top non sequitur: “Nanobots are people too!”

“Even when external world has granted all it can there still remains the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.” ~A.C.Clarke

“Assuming stable wormholes exist and we master the physics, we may be able to use them to explore the stars” ~John Cramer

John Cramer on interstellar exploration via wormholes, or “going there without having to wait.”

‘Greatest Nerd’ Jon Vos Post: “Don’t ever think of anyone as your enemy. Because it makes you their victim.”

Jim Benford on sailships: “I come not to bury rockets but to praise them.”

Sci-fi author Allen Steele quoting Grateful Dead: ‘The future’s here…and we are on our own.’

“Asteroids hold the key to opening up the solar system.” – Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources

NASA’s Geoffrey Landis on NERVA: “Nuclear rockets can be workhorses that open solar system.”

“When cold, water is just another type of rock.” ~Geoffrey Landis

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  1. The question that will decide our destiny is not whether we shall expand into space. It is: shall we be one species or a million? A million species will not exhaust the ecological niches that are awaiting the arrival of intelligence.

    –Dyson

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