• James E. Christie
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The concluding chapter begins with a line from Edward Young’s poem Night Thoughts: ‘Thus, have we found a true astrology/Thus, have we found a new, and noble sense/In which alone stars govern human fates.’ After summarising the book’s key findings, restating the two main theses, and suggesting areas for further research, the chapter turns to the topic of astrobiology. The question is posed: ‘Is Astrobiology a New Astrology?’ Arguments are made that a belief or interest in extraterrestrial life replaced astrology in several important dimensions. The conclusion then debates whether it is useful to think of this in terms of a Kuhnian shift from a paradigm of celestial influence to one of celestial inhabitation, and what such a theory might entail for the histories of astrology and the extraterrestrial life debate.


Astrology Extraterrestrial life Plurality of worlds Astrobiology Anthropology Paradigm shift 


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