Copyright © 2008 by Kenneth W. Freelain, P.E.
Published by The Mars Society with permission
ETHICAL, MORAL, AND RELIGIOUS FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED WHEN SELECTING THE PEOPLE WHO WILL POPULATE MARS – THE CASE FOR USING “INTERNATIONAL DEFINITION”
Kenneth W. Freelain, P.E.
Host and Producer of the International Definition Television Program
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The manner in which people are selected to populate Mars raises several types of issues: philosophical, religious, and biological. From a biological point of view, ethnic diversity in the population would promote survival against contagious disease.
“International Definition” is a system for classifying ethnicities, making use of four (4) ethnic symbols: 1) ancestry, 2) beliefs/religion, 3) geographic region, and 4) language. This paper states, clarifies, and explains the "First and Second Laws of International Definition" and considers the usefulness of these two natural laws when selecting the people who will populate Mars.