Greg Barr is our adviser for space settlement and voluntary organisations. He has a long history of involvement in the science fiction, space settlement, and other volunteer communities.
Recently we asked Greg to describe his interest in our work:
“From an early fascination with philosophy blending with a lifelong interest in cosmology, I’ve tried to fill my life with fantastic dreams of the possible. In that respect, the visions of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Dandridge Cole, and Gerard O’Neill were inspirational and eventually led me from a path in media production and marketing to administrating organizations in pursuit of building human communities in space. In the process, I gained first-hand acquaintance with Paolo Soleri’s arcology concepts for human dwellings and John Allen’s efforts to replicate our biosphere in a contained environment populated by an early resilient community.
“I am a product of Western civilization with an appetite for understanding the cultures of all civilized human manifestations. My experience includes participating in the disciplined creation of alien worlds through Contact: Cultures of the Imagination. These attempts at applying an understanding of scientific principles to the extrapolation of what life and culture might be like on other planets foster an appreciation for diversity and a willingness to accept anything this universe has to offer www.worldbuilders.info.
“While trapped in the Anthropocene, I struggle against the restraints of anthropomorphism. If we are to survive this latest epoch, we must overcome the limitations that create space-time singularities at the center of black holes and harness the technological trends that go into the making of Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity. Creating resilient communities of human and other animal entities living in harmony with symbiosis, synergy and serendipity for all is just another one of those challenges.” ~ Greg Barr, 14 October 2017