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Genesis - In The Beginning

Volume 22 of the series Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology pp 873-890

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Cultural Implications of the Search and Eventual Discovery of a Second Genesis

  • Roberto Aretxaga-BurgosAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Deusto Email author 
  • , Julian Chela-FloresAffiliated withThe Abdus Salam ICTPInstituto de Estudios Avanzados, IDEA

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Abstract

The question we wish to address in this chapter concerns one of the most rewarding scientific and cultural activities that are possible at present. The frontier of science and humanities is the exciting territory we will discuss in this chapter. The fast development of technology has allowed us to address the issue of a possible “second Genesis” interpreted as the emergence of biological complexity elsewhere in the universe (McKay, 2001).