In the mid-1960s, we had another "failure of imagination" that set the nation back on its heels. That time, only three men died; but the wildfire inquiry nearly killed the space program, which in turn gave rise to a considerable proportion of the technology that you are using (knowingly or otherwise) to read this. This time, the inquiry nearly diedtwicebefore it ever got started. Hopefully, we'll learn something from this. I don't hold out much hope, though; conquering ignorance of other cultures seems a lot harder than conquering ignorance of the universe.