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Vakoch D.A. (ed.) Astrobiology, History, and Society: Life Beyond Earth and the Impact of Discovery

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Vakoch D.A. (ed.) Astrobiology, History, and Society: Life Beyond Earth and the Impact of Discovery
Springer, 2013. — 375 p.
This book addresses important current and historical topics in astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth, including the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). The first section covers the plurality of worlds debate from antiquity through the nineteenth century, while section two covers the extraterrestrial life debate from the twentieth century to the present. The final section examines the societal impact of discovering life beyond Earth, including both cultural and religious dimensions. Throughout the book, authors draw links between their own chapters and those of other contributors, emphasizing the interconnections between the various strands of the history and societal impact of the search for extraterrestrial life.
The chapters are all written by internationally recognized experts and are carefully edited by Douglas Vakoch, professor of clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute.
This interdisciplinary book will benefit everybody trying to understand the meaning of astrobiology and SETI for our human society.
The Early Extraterrestrial Life Debate
The Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Antiquity to 1900 (by Michael J. Crowe and Matthew F. Dowd).
Early Modern ET, Reflexive Telescopics, and Their Relevance Today (by Dennis Danielson).
Extraterrestrial Life as the Great Analogy, Two Centuries Ago and in Modern Astrobiology (by Woodruff T. Sullivan III).
Hegel, Analogy, and Extraterrestrial Life (by Joseph T. Ross).
The Relationship Between the Origins of Life on Earth and the Possibility of Life on Other Planets: A Nineteenth-Century Perspective (by Stephane Tirard).
Pioneering Concepts of Planetary Habitability (by Florence Raulin Cerceau).
The Modern Extraterrestrial Life Debate
The Twentieth Century History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate: Major Themes and Lessons Learned (by Steven J. Dick).
The Creator of Astrobotany, Gavriil Adrianovich Tikhov (by Danielle Briot).
Life Beyond Earth and the Evolutionary Synthesis (by Douglas A. Vakoch).
The First Thousand Exoplanets: Twenty Years of Excitement and Discovery (by Chris Impey).
Extraterrestrial Life in the Microbial Age (by Aaron L. Gronstal).
Societal Impact of Discovering Extraterrestrial Life
The Societal Impact of Extraterrestrial Life: The Relevance of History and the Social Sciences (by Steven J. Dick).
Cultural Resources and Cognitive Frames: Keys to an Anthropological Approach to Prediction (by Ian Lowrie).
The Detection of Extraterrestrial Life: Are We Ready? (by Klara Anna Capova).
Impact of Extraterrestrial Life Discovery for Third World Societies: Anthropological and Public Health Considerations (by M. Margaret Weigel and Kathryn Coe).
Impossible Predictions of the Unprecedented: Analogy, History, and the Work of Prognostication (by Kathryn Denning).
Mainstream Media and Social Media Reactions to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life (by Morris Jones).
Christianity’s Response to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life: Insights from Science and Religion and the Sociology of Religion (by Constance M. Bertka).
Would the Discovery of ETI Provoke a Religious Crisis? (by Ted Peters).
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