Originally Posted by Zen00
I just want to think that there's a way we can "make" a habitable world, and not just have to stumble through our own galaxy until we find another one by chance.
Not even close. So far away it's not even science fiction, it's just pure fantasy.
I prefer to think of humanity as being masters of their own fate, and that with powerful enough technology, anything is possible including moving Venus into a more habitable position and finding a way to increase Mars mass to a liveable level. Maybe not for another million years... but one day. I also tend to be pessimistic in that I know most people are too short sighted to get on board with that kind of project.
I think of humanity as vain and self righteous. I also think humanity as being a half step up the evolutionary ladder from monkeys. We're at the very beginning stages evolving into intellectual species. We don't even know what we don't know and we're too stupid, for the most part, to accept and embrace this much. Thousands of monkeys punching at typewriters. Still gaping holes in the standard model. All sorts of wacky theories of existence. Life? Still a mystery we're trying to get a grasp on. The Moon isn't even a regular destination for us let alone low earth orbit.
Born 10,000 years too soon? lol
It would be interesting to know how long our species survives. In cosmic terms, we're microbes and any number of possible events could wipe us from existence. If you think of life in those terms, all the BS we hear and see and talk about is so freaking pointless. Society needs to get past the commercialization and media driven culture before we evolve further.