4 Reasons Why We Don't Explore Space - And Why They Aren't Reasons At All (Part 4 of 4)

Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 12:23PM
Thursday, 20 October 2016 - 12:23PM
4 Reasons Why We Don't Explore Space - And Why They Aren't Reasons At All (Part 4 of 4)
The following post is the fourth of a four-part series developed by our partners at Exosphere. Their efforts to overcome the obstacles to space exploration have been embodied in their Exosphere Academy program, in particular in the Mars Colonization stream. Check out their program here: http://exs.ph/2cP0jKA

We recommend you to start the series from the first part here: Part 1 | Part 2 Part 3

4. Lack of Communication in Science

Yes, it is true. We deal with a lack of connection between individual scientists, between different science fields and between business and science.
 
While many people are aware of the problem that too few students are choosing careers in science, much less space science, and are working hard to change that through various STEM initiatives, there is another problem just as troubling: there is too little exchange across disciplines and between science and business. With scientific knowledge reaching unprecedented depths and stretching across ever so many disciplines, with people using technologies and machines much smarter than them, with projects becoming so big that no one person can really oversee them, we need collaboration between the specialists of many different fields. Not in the usual hierarchical structure common in research, but with an informational matrix in the optimal shape of a well-connected and transparent network.

More and more science is being done this way. Studies have dozens of authors from all kinds of backgrounds, there is a growing number of research projects involving members of the public (in what has been dubbed "citizen science"), and hackerspaces are springing up all around the world, bringing together businessmen with amateur tinkerers and student scientists.

Nowadays, it has become comparatively simple (though not easy) to finance new projects (e.g. the production of miniature satellites) in this area via venture capital financing or crowdfunding.

The truth is that people are still disconnected, scientists are still disconnected, different science fields are still disconnected. But at the same time human communication has gotten, and continues to get better and better. Connection quality is experiencing exponential growth, but inflated requirements don't allow us to fully enjoy the current speed of technological progress.

The idea our team is proposing is that we can fix the disconnection of different areas by working together on a shared goal and in non-conventional ways.

The evolution in one field of science can cause unforeseen developments in another field: neuroscience was made possible by computer chip production, biologists help the military to develop technologies unrelated to space that will send man to Mars. And we're not just talking about increasing the number of scientific innovations, we are talking about a paradigm shift. We should start to ask totally new questions: how can we create an atmosphere on Mars, how are we going to build a factory in orbit, how is work in conditions of strange gravity possible? We need to start talking to each other to figure out how we can affect the world, how to develop new ideas and how to breathe life into them.

That is what we at Exosphere Academy are here to do: bring curious people together and foster creativity and collaboration in an interdisciplinary environment of mutual learning and working on concrete projects that will shape the future.
 
If this is something you would like to see more of in the world, we invite you to join us somewhere along the way. You may send us mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our site www..exosphe.re. 

If you enjoyed the series you can download the full PDF version of "4 Reasons Why We Don't Explore Space and Why They Aren't Reasons At All" here: https://goo.gl/ZDO3nd
 
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This post by the Exosphere Academy team is part of an ongoing series from our partners at Exosphere, a learning and problem solving community based in Brazil. To find out more and be a part of their cutting-edge educational programs visit them at http://exs.ph/2cP0jKA 
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