Excuse me GIThruster, no need to be insulting. My original post had no intention of being insulting to Mr. Musk, I actually admire his vision, and the post is merely just the humble opinion of a reasonably informed college graduate in physics. Before I refute your points, if it was a lack of information on my part, I do apologize before hand.
1. Wasnt talking about going to Mars, was talking about space exploration at large. But if you will follow my reasoning, even riding a tricycle down the road isnt the best feeling in the world. I feel like we're discussion different topics. Indeed it can be done, but why not focus on fusion which will help that, not to mention help change our world for the better? (Granted I believe fusion is 10 years down the road, not 80 years down the road, I feel like waiting 10 years until we're really really ready, that's not too much to ask)
2. I dont know what his statements were based on, I know what estimates my conclusions were based on tho. Some of the problems are just... insane. I'm willing to put down money, until convinced otherwise, that Mars can never support an atmosphere thick enough for human beings. I dont know much about satellites to provide magnetic coverage, but I really doubt it can work base on what I know about magnetism. And I dont want to be the guy that's like he's wrong until proven right, but I'm sure the mainstream scientific consensus is closer to mine than his. (Then again the mainstream scientific consensus can be wrong, I can be wrong, I'm just telling you my opinions and what they're based on) Obviously we cant fall into the whole, "he might be right because you dont know what he knows." It should be neutral, more like, "none of us can know for sure, you dont know what he knows."
3. That's me being uninformed, and I'm sorry about that. However, is this affordable? 200 mile range is impressive! What about the other concerns I raised? like how long does it take to charge, how to deal with discharge, etc? Not to mention, where would you fill up? You'll have to find someone who'll let you eat electricity out of his or her walls, and I mean it's not bad, it's a little bit silly tho. Like I said, I have a hybrid, I want to convert it to a plug-in, (my electric engineering is bad) I have nothing against electric/hybrid cars, they're really the future. Still... that energy density problem is still a problem.
4. I'm not denying his right to choose what challenge he wants to take, that's his choice, I'm merely suggesting that an alternative path is better. I'm saying all great scientific and engineering challenges will bring with them amazing innovations necessary to get them there, so this whole argument of we should do A, because A will bring us a bunch of things is not good logic, because if we did B, or C, or D, etc, they'll still bring you a bunch of things.
5. Whoa now my good sir, I didnt get into science because I love space. I got into science because I love science and I want to help the world. I have this gnawing urge to find out, to learn, to understand, to master, to apply, to teach. That's the reason. I actually see a lot of kids that start off like what you said. A bunch of the underclassmen of Auburn got into physics because it was A. interesting and B. they read some random book about some high level voodoo physics by Hawkings, Greene, etc. (Shit I was one of those kids) A bunch of them grew out of it tho, they went on to do engineering or other sciences, because they learned what physics was really about. I figured out what real physics was at the end of my freshmen year, and I still loved it, so I kept going.
I dont like carrots on sticks, but whatever tho. That may be a little bit harsh, but fundamentally, I want to say a huge portion of the pure scientists are scientists because they love science and maybe combined with the fact that there's light at the end of the tunnel. I have no problem with Mr. Musk, I merely like to point out that his path can be even better.
PS: Come now, dont act like Joe and throw insults out like that. I also never said I was disinterested in space..., I think our attention, right now in this time, should be focused on something else.
Throwing my life away for this whole Fusion mess.