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Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars

•, By Chris Anderson

When a man tells you about the time he planned to put a vegetable garden on Mars, you worry about his mental state. But if that same man has since launched multiple rockets that are actually capable of reaching Mars—sending them into orbit, Bond-style, from a tiny island in the Pacific—you need to find another diagnosis. That’s the thing about extreme entrepreneurialism: There’s a fine line between madness and genius, and you need a little bit of both to really change the world.

 All entrepreneurs have an aptitude for risk, but more important than that is their capacity for self-delusion. Indeed, psychological investigations have found that entrepreneurs aren’t more risk-tolerant than non-entrepreneurs. They just have an extraordinary ability to believe in their own visions, so much so that they think what they’re embarking on isn’t really that risky. They’re wrong, of course, but without the ability to be so wrong—to willfully ignore all those naysayers and all that evidence to the contrary—no one would possess the necessary audacity to start something radically new.

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Comment by PureTrust
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You can go back in history to see all kinds of folks who were eccentric, did good things with their eccentricity, and then lost it all when they died.

There are a reasonable number of people who live to the age 100, or older. The percentage of such people when compared with the whole world population is less than a speck, but the actual number might be quite large.

Living to age 100 is not something new. There are records going back hundreds (or thousands) of years showing that there have always been a few who reach 100. At the same time, there are many who die very young.

Are there any people, right now, who are over 200 years old? Are there any over 500?

It seems a shame that folks like Elon Musk can move ahead in leaps and bounds, and then must leave it all behind to others who will probably use it in unwise, even foolish, ways.

If there are any folks who have have discovered practical ways to truly double or triple the length of peoples' lives in good health - the Elon Musk of longevity, so to speak - could they please step forward and share the method? If the method for doing this doesn't exist, the only good thing Elon Musk and everyone else gets out of the things he or she does, is the joy and pleasure that they might receive while doing the things they do.

Ernie has said about being an activist, if you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong. This is more or less true for everything in life. Until someone discovers how to extend life for hundreds of years (at minimum), the only thing you get out of anything you do is the joy of doing it. Everything else fades away and dies. Life seems to be extremely meaningless.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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This is a pretty honest interview response.  I imagine plenty of people in government and who live almost exclusively off of government contracts won't be pleased.