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Outer space is not ‘final frontier’ – the mind is

In recent newscasts following the Columbia tragedy, outer space has been referred to as the “final frontier.” While outer space is important and interesting, it should not be regarded as the “final frontier.” The human brain/mind deserves that appellation.

Except for God, or Spirit, nothing in our known universe is as powerful, interesting and significant as the human brain/mind. It interprets all our perceptions and determines all our actions and reactions to these perceptions. It’s the ultimate source of all our emotions, our passions and fears, and can solve or exacerbate all our problems.

The nature and outcomes of every conflict, from small sibling rivalries to huge international wars, will be determined by what’s within our heads. It’s the source of all progress, the builder of all civilizations. The future of humanity and Earth and all its life will be determined by our collective mental capacities. The geological composition of the moon or what happens on Mars are relatively insignificant.

While I’m not opposed to space exploration or extra-terrestrial scientific experimentation, I believe a budget comparable to NASA’s for studying psychological questions and cerebral physiology would ultimately benefit humans and Earth profoundly. Humanity must look inward. Think about it.

Jerry Martin

Grass Valley

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