Emigrating Beyond Earth

Human Adaptation and Space Colonization

  • Cameron M Smith
  • Evan T. Davies

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Science book sub series (POPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. The Context and Uniqueness of Human Evolution and Adaptation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cameron M. Smith, Evan T. Davies
      Pages 31-79
  3. Arguments For and Against Human Space Colonization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Cameron M. Smith, Evan T. Davies
      Pages 113-149
    3. Cameron M. Smith, Evan T. Davies
      Pages 151-177
  4. Human Adaptation To Space: Lessons From The Past And Plans For The Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Cameron M. Smith, Evan T. Davies
      Pages 181-203
    3. Cameron M. Smith, Evan T. Davies
      Pages 205-240
    4. Cameron M. Smith, Evan T. Davies
      Pages 241-265
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 267-290

About this book


For four million years humankind has been actively expanding geographically and in doing so has adapted to a wide variety of hostile environments. Now we are looking towards the ultimate adaptation - the colonization of space. Emigrating Beyond Earth illustrates that this is not a technocratic endeavor, but a natural continuation of human evolution; a journey not just for the engineer and rocket scientist, but for everyman. Based on the most current understanding of our universe, human adaptation and evolution, the authors explain why space colonization must be planned as an adaptation to, rather than the conquest of, space.

Emigrating Beyond Earth argues that space colonization is an insurance policy for our species, and that it isn't about rockets and robots, it's about humans doing what we've been doing for four million years: finding new places and new ways to live.

Applying a unique anthropological approach, the authors outline a framework for continued human space exploration and offer a glimpse of a possible human future involving interstellar travel and settlement of worlds beyond our own.


Adaptive radiations Extraterrestrial adaptation Human space colonization Space colonization Space exploration

Authors and affiliations

  • Cameron M Smith
    • 1
  • Evan T. Davies
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of AnthropologyPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.The Explorers ClubNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1164-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1165-9
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