Republic of Lagrangia and the Voyager

Those who think that Republic of Lagrangia is a space blog, might wonder why we didn’t pay attention to last week’s news that Voyager 1 has definitely left our Solar System. But those make a mistake: namely that we are a space blog. Only the fact is that Republic of Lagrangia is not a space blog, we are a blog about space colonization.

One might argue that the topic space colonization is a subset of the topic space. Though this is technically true,  categorizing Republic of Lagrangia as a space blog might however create the confusion that we are a generic space blog, what we are not. Suppose that Alice has a blog about horses, than we might say that Alice has a blog about animals. In this case it’s obvious that doing so is absurd, since Alice only writes about a specific type of animals.

Since we are not a generic space blog, calling Republic of Lagrangia a space blog is equally absurd as calling Alice’s blog an animal blog. Most space blogs are about space exploration, and should better be called space exploration blogs.

Space exploration, the scientific study of the universe, is without doubt a fascinating topic to write about. It’s only of limited relevance for space colonization. The major arena for space colonization in the near future, is the Inner Solar System. Therefore discoveries made about distant galaxies, or even our own galaxy is of little importance for the colonization of our own neighbourhood.

It’s for us more interesting to discuss the developments in other areas of science and technology, such as 3D-printers or in vitro meat, which might help the colonization of outer space.

And more importantly, we of Republic of Lagrangia see space colonization as a mean to implementing social reforms, rather as an end in itself. We belief that it’s important to give space colonization an appeal beyond the circle of space geeks. Therefore we focus on the social issues of space colonization, and if we discuss scientific or technological developments, we focus on how these developments might affect society.

Therefore we did not write about Voyager 1 leaving our Solar System.

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