A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through?

Zach Weinersmith
Thursday, February 29, 2024
3:30 pm
ISEB 1010


Earth is not well. The promise of starting life anew somewhere far, far away—no climate change, no war, no Twitter—beckons, and settling the stars finally seems within our grasp. But is humanity bound for Mars? The answer is... complicated. In this talk, we summarize four years of weird research from an attempt to answer this question. We investigate whether the dream of new worlds won’t create nightmares, both for settlers and the people they leave behind and explore everything from planetary geology to sex in space to the legal theory of off-world state creation, and much more. 


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