Elon Musk is my hero because he works as a creative fundamentalist.
Hey Elon, do you think you can handel a contract with NASA to take astronauts to space?
“Sure we can create the first private astronaut orbital transport… but what we really want to do over the long term is work out the cargo transport problem to mars and be able to establish a self sustaining civilization on mars.”
Wait what? Where did you get that idea?
“The calculations worked out.”
So you’re telling me life is sustainable on mars?
“You’d need to live on a dome at first but over time, life could be terraformed and you could actually walk around on the planet without anything. It’s a fixer upper of a planet.”
Right… so moving on. What’s the deal with the electric car?
“The problem with the electric car is that the price of gasoline is way to inexpensive so we’ve gotta make them WAY better than our competitors who get the benefit of an artificially low cost of running internal combustion engines.”
Wow, that sounds stressful. What’s the secret to your success?
“Well, many people reason by analogy and I try to reason with a physics approach to reasoning…. Essentially, if you want to figure out something new, it’s best to start with the most fundamental principals/truths and reason upwards from there as opposed from reasoning by analogy.”
noun ( pl. analogies )
a comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification: an analogy between the workings of nature and those of human societies | he interprets logical functions by analogy with machines.