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lost, far away from Poland
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 20, 2014 - 09:31pm PT
For President?

Maybe not, but he has a vision, for sure!

From Wikipedia:

After reading philosophers Hegel, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche during his mid-teens, Musk briefly became depressed with the lack of answers to the large questions of life, such as the reason for existence. After coming to this conclusion, Musk decided that perhaps the reason for the lack of good answers was that mankind was not yet at the point to be able to ask the right question. Musk's philosophy is that if global consciousness can be expanded, perhaps in the future mankind will be able to ask the right question. Musk considers the internet, renewable energy and space exploration as the methods which have the potential to have the most impact in this sense. The internet can serve as a global nervous system, renewable energy can expand the timeframe within which mankind can try to ask the right questions before running into economical or ecological collapse, and space exploration can serve as a backup for life itself. Musk also considers becoming a spacefaring civilization as an important step in evolution itself, akin to life first crawling onto land.


Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Apr 20, 2014 - 09:44pm PT
Don't his cars catch on fire?

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 20, 2014 - 09:45pm PT
Well, Elon's wanting to colonize Mars is far preferable to all the other politicians who have wanted to colonize my azz.

Apr 20, 2014 - 10:10pm PT
I believe there have been ~3 Tesla car fires, gas combustion automobiles...


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Apr 20, 2014 - 10:55pm PT
Don't his cars catch on fire?

Not as often as many others.

I had a car burn up at -40F Dodge it was. When the fire department got done it was embedded in over a foot of ice.. pretty cool.

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 21, 2014 - 02:45am PT
The first two goals are laudable, the third unrealistic for a variety of reasons.
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Apr 21, 2014 - 03:15am PT
His views, as represented above, appear to me as kind of charmingly quaint and somewhat dated and old- fashioned.

los angeles, ca
Apr 21, 2014 - 10:13am PT
People like this are extremely dangerous

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 21, 2014 - 10:24am PT
^^^ Please elucidate. Who is dangerous?

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 21, 2014 - 11:11am PT
Spacefaring will have to solve the speed issue if we ever to get out of this solar system. The next star, Alpha Centuria, is four light years away......since light travels at 186,000 miles a second, that's quite a haul.

between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Apr 21, 2014 - 11:24am PT
People like this are extremely dangerous

Expression of idiocy made possible by "dangerous people".
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz CA
Apr 21, 2014 - 11:40am PT
Not born in America. But neither was Ted Cruz. Perhaps it won't matter anymore.


Trad climber
Apr 21, 2014 - 11:56am PT
Why would he even want to be president? Seems like he's doing fine without wading into that quicksand.

He just needs to be friends with a president.


Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 21, 2014 - 11:59am PT
Elon Musk is the kind of visionary businessman we need more of in the world these days.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 21, 2014 - 01:36pm PT
But, Philo, he's a capitalist!

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 21, 2014 - 01:38pm PT
But not a Vulture.
Eric Beck

Sport climber
Bishop, California
Apr 21, 2014 - 01:52pm PT
Musk has said that he thinks that the future of electric cars will not be with batteries, but rather supercapacitors. Capacitors do have some important advantages; they charge up quickly and don't wear out.

Gym climber
Apr 21, 2014 - 02:51pm PT
That is interesting take on things:
Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page says he'd rather leave his savings to inventor Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and founder of Tesla, when he dies than to a charity.

(There's nothing special about the link--just the first one I saw that describes the story, which I already knew about.)

Maybe there's a dark side we don't know about, but Musk seems like a great American (or Canadian or S. African or whatever).

Trad climber
Fresno, CA
Apr 21, 2014 - 03:17pm PT
For those of you who are worried about the Tesla car catching fire, you should be more worried about the internal gasoline or diesel engine car (or motorcycle) you drive everyday catching fire. If we had the regulatory safety standards in place today but had to come up with a motive power source for a car, a vehicle using flammable fuels such as gasoline or diesel would never be allowed. The internal combustion engine gained acceptance in motor vehicles before there were safety regulations regarding flammable fuels in moving vehicles.

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Apr 24, 2014 - 05:39pm PT
Elon Musk sighted in L.A.

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