Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines!, Issue #16, 2 (January 2019): The Real Significance of the Far Side of the Moon.

By Hugh Reginald

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1. “Why the Far Side of the Moon Matters So Much”

By Marina Koren

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2. Some Follow-Up Thoughts For Further Reflection and Discussion:

Is the following argument sound? If so, why? If not, why not?

  1. Nevertheless “the space race,” running at its height from the mid-1950s to the late 60s, but also spread out over the subsequent decades, including the recent landing of a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon in January 2019, even allowing that it has some scientific and techological value, was and continues to be fundamentally a political bread-&-circuses show designed to showcase and symbolize the technocratic power of the leading nation-States for the national and global consumption of the masses via neoliberal media, and above all to deflect popular attention and funding away from issues of genuine moral and political importance.
  2. In this way the space race exploits, manipulates, and corrupts the genuine and unique human aesthetic experience of outer space, by channeling it towards these purely instrumental and ideologically-driven nation-Statist and big-capitalist ends.
  3. Therefore, we should sharply distinguish between (i) the genuine and unique human aesthetic experience of outer space, on the one hand, and (ii) its exploitation, manipulation, and corruption by contemporary nation-States and big-capitalist forces on the other, and demand the defunding and dismantling of all nation-State-based, big-capitalist-controlled space-programs; and at the same time, we should also strongly encourage both the cultivation of the genuine and unique human aesthetic experience of outer space, as well as its scientific study and its exploration, from a fully post-nation-Statist, post-neoliberal, non-technocratic, cosmopolitan standpoint.

3. One Link For Supplementary Reading:
The Political Aesthetics of Outer Space.

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