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  •  Yes, but... (0+ / 0-)

    It's intelligence, and only intelligence, that will enable humans to leave Earth and colonize other planets or moons. No way to leave Earth's gravity could ever have originated without the evolution of human intelligence (whether kicked off by some black monolith or otherwise). And if those colonies can be established, then extinction becomes a lot less likely.

    Until the Moon landings, a large proportion of SF stories considered the ramifications of leaving Earth and/or exploring and colonizing other worlds. Not so much since then, other than K. S. Robinson's Mars trilogy (and even that was 15-20 years ago). I wonder whether fewer people these days, versus 1970 or so, imagine themselves as subsurface lunar colonists or martian terraformers.

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