The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth

This book discusses the big questions about how the discovery of extraterrestrial life, whether intelligent or microbial, would impact society and humankind.

The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth

Author: Steven J. Dick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107109981

Page: 366

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This book discusses the big questions about how the discovery of extraterrestrial life, whether intelligent or microbial, would impact society and humankind.

Astrobiology History and Society

This book addresses important current and historical topics in astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth, including the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

Astrobiology  History  and Society

Author: Douglas A. Vakoch

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642359833

Page: 375

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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.

Civilizations Beyond Earth

At a time when new planets are being discovered around other stars at an unprecedented rate, this collection provides a much needed guide to the human impact of discovering we are not alone in the universe.

Civilizations Beyond Earth

Author: Douglas A. Vakoch

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857452126

Page: 240

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Astronomers around the world are pointing their telescopes toward the heavens, searching for signs of intelligent life. If they make contact with an advanced alien civilization, how will humankind respond? In thinking about first contact, the contributors to this volume present new empirical and theoretical research on the societal dimensions of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Archaeologists and astronomers explore the likelihood that extraterrestrial intelligence exists, using scientific insights to estimate such elusive factors as the longevity of technological societies. Sociologists present the latest findings of novel surveys, tapping into the public's attitudes about life beyond Earth to show how religion and education influence beliefs about extraterrestrials. Scholars from such diverse disciplines as mathematics, chemistry, journalism, and religious studies offer innovative solutions for bridging the cultural gap between human and extraterrestrial civilizations, while recognizing the tremendous challenges of communicating at interstellar distances. At a time when new planets are being discovered around other stars at an unprecedented rate, this collection provides a much needed guide to the human impact of discovering we are not alone in the universe.

Astrobiology Discovery and Societal Impact

“Life, Intelligence, and the Pursuit of Value,” in Steven J. Dick (ed.), The Impact of
Discovering Life beyond Earth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 159–
174, at 165–170. Lupisella, Mark L. 2016. “Cosmological Theories of Value: ...

Astrobiology  Discovery  and Societal Impact

Author: Steven J. Dick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108652913

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The search for life in the universe, once the stuff of science fiction, is now a robust worldwide research program with a well-defined roadmap probing both scientific and societal issues. This volume examines the humanistic aspects of astrobiology, systematically discussing the approaches, critical issues, and implications of discovering life beyond Earth. What do the concepts of life and intelligence, culture and civilization, technology and communication mean in a cosmic context? What are the theological and philosophical implications if we find life - and if we do not? Steven J. Dick argues that given recent scientific findings, the discovery of life in some form beyond Earth is likely and so we need to study the possible impacts of such a discovery and formulate policies to deal with them. The remarkable and often surprising results are presented here in a form accessible to disciplines across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Space Time and Aliens

This collection of papers presents his reflections over the last forty years in a way accessible to historians, philosophers, and scientists alike.

Space  Time  and Aliens

Author: Steven J. Dick

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030416143

Page: 799

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In this comprehensive and interdisciplinary volume, former NASA Chief Historian Steven Dick reflects on the exploration of space, astrobiology and its implications, cosmic evolution, astronomical institutions, discovering and classifying the cosmos, and the philosophy of astronomy. The unifying theme of the book is the connection between cosmos and culture, or what Carl Sagan many years ago called the “cosmic connection.” As both an astronomer and historian of science, Dr. Dick has been both a witness to and a participant in many of the astronomical events of the last half century. This collection of papers presents his reflections over the last forty years in a way accessible to historians, philosophers, and scientists alike. From the search for alien life to ongoing space exploration efforts, readers will find this volume full of engaging topics relevant to science, society, and our collective future on planet Earth and beyond.

WTIU

The discovery of life beyond Earth would be without parallel in its impact on
human thought . Life Beyond Earth , a two - hour special , tells the story of
humanity ' s search for extraterrestrial life . The program explains why many
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Microbiology

This question never ceases to capture the imagination of people on Earth .
Although no evidence of life beyond Earth has been found , such a discovery
would certainly be revolutionary . Imagine then , how scientists felt when the first
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Microbiology

Author: Abigail A. Salyers

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated

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Page: 608

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Microbiology: Diversity, Disease, and the Environment is an exciting new introductory level Microbiology text will serve the needs of lecturers and students in a wide variety of life science, health science, and applied science programs. The recurrent theme in this text is the delicate balance between microbes and humans, and how recent changes in that balance may bring about changes that have adverse effects, such as emerging infectious diseases and micro-organisms resistant to antibiotics. The text does not, however, focus exclusively on microbes as causal agents, but also portrays them as life-givers responsible for the earth's ability to support higher forms of life. This new text will enable instructors to cover all the essential topics of classic and contemporary microbiology in a standard one-term course and will enthuse your students as they learn about the beauty and diversity, as well as the dangers, of the microbial world in which they live. Each chapter contains study outlines and thought- provoking questions to help students master both the daunting vocabulary and key concepts of the field. A list of useful websites is listed at the end of each chapter. Focus boxes in all chapters recount fascinating historical highlights and point out provocative public policy issues. A complete glossary is provided in the back of the book. All of the art figures in the book are available to instructors in PowerPoint and a complete test bank with over 300 multiple-choice test questions is also provided on the Instructor's Digital Resource that will be available free in CD-ROM format to all adopters. A website for the book will contain coverage of breakthroughs and updates to keep the book current. This website links to the important microbiology websites. For more information please check out the following website www.fitzscipress.com.

Why Aren t They Here

They consider the contamination context the most important aspect of the
scientific study of the discovered life object ; and emphasise ... and Horneck say
that this would have impact not only on the daily news - chatter and
preoccupations of Earth - bound humanity but also ... 50 per cent tend to be
hostile to the idea of life beyond Earth : ' So the discovery would settle all that and
cause a real sensation .

Why Aren t They Here

Author: Surendra Verma

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN: 9781840468656

Page: 232

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A calm, intelligent and witty survey of the history of mankind's search for extraterrestial life.

Bioastronomy 99

Biogenesis : organic and prebiotic evolution , early chemical evolution on Earth ,
origins of life , origin of biological ... and Reviews : studies and analyses of the
possible impact of the discovery of life beyond Earth ( primitive or advanced ) ...

Bioastronomy  99

Author: Guillermo A. Lemarchand

Publisher: Astronomical Society of the pacific

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The Hunt for Life on Mars

THE ORIGIN OF LIFE he discovery of life beyond Earth would be an astounding
event , provoking wonder and awe among most of humanity . Beyond its
emotional impact , finding life on another planet would allow us to take a giant
step ...

The Hunt for Life on Mars

Author: Donald Goldsmith

Publisher: Plume Books

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Page: 286

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An astronomer recounts the investigation by NASA scientists into a group of ancient asteroids that fell from Mars to Earth and that revealed signs of primitive life on Mars, and explores the implications of that discovery. Reprint.

Galileo and the Dolphins

It also increases the probability that primitive life exists there although it does not
prove it . If , in fact , this were proved it would be an epochal event - the first
discovery of life beyond Earth . But first , the evidence for Martian water . It has
been ...

Galileo and the Dolphins

Author: Adrian Berry

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ISBN: 9780760791202

Page: 288

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The Impact of Globalization on Education

There are many reasons to believe in the existence of intelligent life in a beyond -
Earth space - time infinity . THE VERTICAL AND ... It is a “ half - mystic ” and not -
yet - fully - discovered phenomenon . We have not yet fully proved by ...

The Impact of Globalization on Education

Author: Ilghiz M. Sinagatullin

Publisher: Nova Science Pub Incorporated

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Page: 221

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The notion of globalisation and its relation to education is widely being discussed among politicians, philosophers, scholars, educators and students throughout the world. Some fully reject and refuse to accept this phenomenon, others try to understand and accept this notion, still others completely accept the idea of globalisation and associate with it all progressive changes in the new century's socio-cultural and educational space. Moreover, for a considerable part of the planet's residents the very spirit of the terms globalism and globalisation still remains an unknown, enigmatic, almost supernatural entity. The contemporary globalising epoch is characterised by pervasive events making a considerable affect on human development, human consciousness and on various aspects of education and child development. information and knowledge; the digitisation of information and virtualisation of objective reality; the spreading of the English language as an essential global tool for education and international communication; the dissemination of the ideas of global and multicultural education; the rise of the European Union; the market orientation of Russian and the former entities of the former Socialist block; the spreading of the cultural and educational canons of the Anglo-American or Atlantic civilisation upon other cultures and civilisations; and unparalleled demographic growth, especially in Eastern and Southern cultures.

New Scientist

And the mere existence of life on Earth tells us nothing at all about how likely or
unlikely it is , or whether it has happened elsewhere . The great hope for
astrobiologists is that another sample of life will be discovered somewhere
beyond Earth ...

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The Atlantic

BY PAUL DAVIES Ilustration by Marc Burckhardt he recent discovery of abundant
water on Mars , are scheduled to visit Mars in the ... Earth and Mars are known to
trade material in the high emotional stakes , the search for life beyond Earth is
form of rocks ... Opinion polls and Web - site lent impacts of asteroids and comets
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Chemistry and Industry

... people now remember , but life was - it is much less likely to resemble Locke's
Planetary dreams : the quest to discover life discovered on the Moon in 1835.
Reports in civilisation of space beavers than something beyond Earth the New
York ...

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The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

A collection of essays by experts , each covering one or more ways that human
society may react to the discovery of alien beings . Ben Bova , Faint Echoes ,
Distant Stars : The Science and Politics of Finding Life Beyond Earth . New York ...

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Author: Don Nardo

Publisher: Lucent Press

ISBN: 9781590188323

Page: 112

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Describes the scientific search for extraterrestrial life, explains the probablilities of finding intelligent life, examines our attempts to communicate with other life forms, and presents the debate between religion and science on this subject.

The Quest for Mars

The NASA Scientists and Their Search for Life Beyond Earth Laurence Bergreen
... It would kill life on the surface , but it wouldn ' t eliminate all life on Earth ,
because the impact ' s thermal and chemical effects ... or even partly correct , life
could very well exist within the Red Planet ' s ancient reservoirs , awaiting
discovery .

The Quest for Mars

Author: Laurence Bergreen

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Page: 368

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Is there life on Mars? And if not, why not? These questions have gripped mankind throughout the twentieth century. In the shadow of the new millennium, this text seeks the definitive answers from the dedicated NASA scientists participating in the race to discover life on the Red Planet.

The Planetary Report

... to plan the spacecraft hardware , life support , equipment , and operational
controls needed to sustain future human explorers . ... targets amount to forward
contamination that might cause irreversible impacts on extraterrestrial life or
ecological systems beyond Earth . ... exploration by making it difficult to
determine whether discovered life - forms are truly extraterrestrial or were carried
there from Earth .

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Classifying the Cosmos

The ensuing book can therefore be read on at least two levels. On one level, it is an illustrated guide to various types of astronomical wonders.

Classifying the Cosmos

Author: Steven J. Dick

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030103803

Page: 458

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Since the invention of the telescope 400 years ago, astronomers have rapidly discovered countless celestial objects. But how does one make sense of it all? Astronomer and former NASA Chief Historian Steven J. Dick brings order to this menagerie by defining 82 classes of astronomical objects, which he places in a beginner-friendly system known as "Astronomy’s Three Kingdoms.” Rather than concentrating on technicalities, this system focuses on the history of each object, the nature of its discovery, and our current knowledge about it. The ensuing book can therefore be read on at least two levels. On one level, it is an illustrated guide to various types of astronomical wonders. On another level, it is considerably more: the first comprehensive classification system to cover all celestial objects in a consistent manner. Accompanying each spread are spectacular historical and modern images. The result is a pedagogical tour-de-force, whereby readers can easily master astronomy’s three realms of planets, stars, and galaxies.