Hi! I’m Nathan Price. And this is my personal project. Let me tell you a little about myself and about this project.
I work for a software company that is not related to space. But space exploration has always been a passion of mine. I read about space. I keep up on the latest space news. I attend space conferences. I also founded the NSS North Houston Space Society.
I was excited when I learned that NASA is planning to go back to the moon. I knew other space people were too. But was anyone else? Did anyone else really know? What do they think about space?
And so I decided to do an interview with a different person each day to find out. Ideally I would interview strangers who do not have an obvious interest in space. And for about three months I was able to do this. I interviewed people at the mall, on the bus, on the train, at the airport, at the coffee shops, on the streets, in the hotel, and where ever else I could find people. Occasionally I would get tied up with work and not find someone to interview, so I took the opportunity to interview family and friends.
But with Coronavirus, I’ve had to move my interviews online. And I have been connecting with people on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.. People I haven’t talked to in 20 years. And it has been a fantastic experience.
There are a few things that I have learned from this project so far:
- Most people do not believe that we are going to the moon
- Most people will say they support the idea. Some are excited about it. And a few think we should be focused on problems here on the earth or that we should not be messing up the moon.
- Most people would go into space if they could. But there are a surprising many that are quite happy to stay here on earth.
- The biggest impediment to us exploring the universe and improving the conditions on earth is that the vast majority of human potential is wasted or undeveloped. We spend more time trying to convince everyone about what should be done instead of actually doing anything. We spend more time talking about how money should be spent, then actually developing our skills or improving society.
And I am sure there are many more observations that could be made from the interviews I have done so far. And I still have over 1700 interviews to still do. I should have a bigger window into the minds of my fellow human after this.
All of the interviews are published unedited (except in rare instances where the interviewer reveals some deeply personal experience that should not be there). But I will be working to develop some summary videos that should be more entertaining and educational to watch.
Thanks again for your interest. And I hope to have more to share with you soon.
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