Astrobiology, History, and Society

Life Beyond Earth and the Impact of Discovery


ISBN: 978-3-642-35982-8 (Print) 978-3-642-35983-5 (Online)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxviii

  2. The Early Extraterrestrial Life Debate

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1

    2. Chapter

      Pages 3-56

      The Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Antiquity to 1900

    3. Chapter

      Pages 57-72

      Early Modern ET, Reflexive Telescopics, and Their Relevance Today

    4. Chapter

      Pages 73-83

      Extraterrestrial Life as the Great Analogy, Two Centuries Ago and in Modern Astrobiology

    5. Chapter

      Pages 85-101

      Hegel, Analogy, and Extraterrestrial Life

    6. Chapter

      Pages 103-113

      The Relationship Between the Origins of Life on Earth and the Possibility of Life on Other Planets: A Nineteenth-Century Perspective

    7. Chapter

      Pages 115-129

      Pioneering Concepts of Planetary Habitability

  3. The Modern Extraterrestrial Life Debate

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 131-131

    2. Chapter

      Pages 133-173

      The Twentieth Century History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate: Major Themes and Lessons Learned

    3. Chapter

      Pages 175-185

      The Creator of Astrobotany, Gavriil Adrianovich Tikhov

    4. Chapter

      Pages 187-199

      Life Beyond Earth and the Evolutionary Synthesis

    5. Chapter

      Pages 201-212

      The First Thousand Exoplanets: Twenty Years of Excitement and Discovery

    6. Chapter

      Pages 213-224

      Extraterrestrial Life in the Microbial Age

  4. Societal Impact of Discovering Extraterrestrial Life

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 225-225

    2. Chapter

      Pages 227-257

      The Societal Impact of Extraterrestrial Life: The Relevance of History and the Social Sciences

    3. Chapter

      Pages 259-269

      Cultural Resources and Cognitive Frames: Keys to an Anthropological Approach to Prediction

    4. Chapter

      Pages 271-281

      The Detection of Extraterrestrial Life: Are We Ready?

    5. Chapter

      Pages 283-299

      Impact of Extraterrestrial Life Discovery for Third World Societies: Anthropological and Public Health Considerations

    6. Chapter

      Pages 301-312

      Impossible Predictions of the Unprecedented: Analogy, History, and the Work of Prognostication

    7. Chapter

      Pages 313-328

      Mainstream Media and Social Media Reactions to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life

    8. Chapter

      Pages 329-340

      Christianity’s Response to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life: Insights from Science and Religion and the Sociology of Religion

    9. Chapter

      Pages 341-355

      Would the Discovery of ETI Provoke a Religious Crisis?

  5. Back Matter

    Pages 357-375