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According to Chela-Flores (2001, 2009), this term refers to the way we understand life in the universe from the only reference we have, that is, life on Earth. In this notion, biogeocentrism is shown as the current model that prevails as long as we do not have, as yet, a confirmation of other forms of life in the universe. The way we understand life on Earth represents a conditioning factor to be able to detect it in other worlds. One of the challenges we face is, what would happen if, because we are conditioned to what we understand by life and how it behaves on Earth, we are overlooking different forms of extraterrestrial life?

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Chon-Torres, O.A. (2022). Biogeocentrism. In: Gargaud, M., et al. Encyclopedia of Astrobiology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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