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From Our Archives, the Origins of Tech People Loving the Idea of Going to Space

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Earlier this week, Jeff Bezos, the soon-to-be-ex-CEO of Amazon and the richest mortal in the world, said he would be blasting himself into room. Okay! Sure. Too, why? But principally: Go for it. The brand-new, brawny Bezos will be on board the inaugural flight of his infinite company: Blue Origin. He will expend three minutes in outer space without a pilot.

Bezos is not alone in being into space shit. Other ultra prosperous tech folk like it very. Elon Musk is trying to constitute rockets. Richard Branson is into private space rockets. And the brand-new prince of SPACS, Chamath Palihapitiya, persuasion parties to buy into Branson's Virgin Galactic space tourism business with a bravado pitch about the stars.( Branson is reportedly fighting Bezos to get to space faster .)

This might pass you to a simple question: What's up with these dudes and seat?

I think Fred Turner, a professor at Stanford and the author of From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, engraves a supportive footpath to perhaps understand the space-obsessed tech rich. In his essay " Machine Politics" for Harper's( and, yeah, in that mouthful of a record designation, extremely ), Turner shows the unique blend of Bay Area aesthetics and Silicon Valley money. The battery-acid and hippies found capitalism and started Apple, in a way.

For techies, this contributes a intentional capitalism sheen--an against-the-grain edge--to the big money. That's been hard to grasp in recent years as it's become more obvious that tech is just money stacking itself up in a new way. Still, the ethos is important. If you're a tech aristocrat, and you buy the narrative--disruptor !-- you can see how space travel and using your massive prosperity do it would be a fixation.

Because you know who loved space shit very? Timothy Leary.

In a fascinating piece from one of our 1976 matters, novelist Don Goldsmith follows Leary as the acid-making man talks about shell himself up into the stars for gap colonization. Here's how Leary is introduced 😛 TAGEND

The man's name is Timothy Leary. Berkeley stirred him a Ph.D ., Harvard a professor, LSD an ex-professor, the media a monster, the government a imprison, confinement a space-oriented philosopher.

This piece is sort of Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test as Apollo 11 and then devolves into index why people want to go to space. It's cool. It also offers a dive into the hippie culture that would come to affect the tech tribe directly. Stewart Brand, creator of the Whole Earth Catalog--a verse that would underpin the fantasy of scientific utopianism that fueled Silicon Valley's mythos--is mentioned as one of the people pushing for space colonization along with Leary.

Go read the whole piece about Goldsmith attending a meeting in Berkeley for the Network, Leary's room mission--named" Starseed Seminar# 1: S.M.I. 2L. E.( S.M.I. 2L. E.= Space Migration+ Intelligence Increase+ Life Extension )"-- here.

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