Multigenerational Space Travel
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 28 April 2013, Question 3
I answered a question on multigenerational space travel on Philosophy in Action Radio on 28 April 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is multigenerational space travel immoral? According to a panel at SETICon 2012, the designs for multi-generational space ships are already in the works. Are there ethical problems with people bearing children who will never see Earth, and likely never set foot on a planet? Would they be robbed of any ability to determine their own fate? Or is it a moot point since had the circumstances been different, they might not have ever been born at all?
My Answer, In Brief: Children are not entitled to the best that Earth has to offer. They are entitled to have real lives, lived in freedom. That would be tricky to implement in space, but possible.
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- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Non-Identity Problem
- FuturePundit: Objections To Multi-Generational Space Exploration
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