Space colonization and suffering risks: Reassessing the “maxipok rule”

@article{Torres2018SpaceCA,
  title={Space colonization and suffering risks: Reassessing the “maxipok rule”},
  author={Phil Torres},
  journal={Futures},
  year={2018},
  volume={100},
  pages={74-85}
}
Abstract This article argues that, contra Bostrom (2003), every second of delayed space colonization could be immensely desirable; indeed, the longer the delay, the better, with the best outcome being no colonization at all. The argument begins by hypothesizing that expansion into space will generate a wide variety of distinct species, many having their own cultural, political, religious, etc. traditions. Next, the paper offers reasons for expecting catastrophic conflicts between different… Expand

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