The impact of discovering life beyond Earth [E-Book] / [edited by] Steven J. Dick.
Dick, Steven J., (editor)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015
1 online resource (ix, 356 pages)
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Astrobiology and society / Steven J. Dick
  • Part I. Motivations and approaches: how do we frame the problems of discovery and impact?
  • Current approaches to finding life beyond Earth, and what happens if we do / Seth Shostak
  • The philosophy of astrobiology: the Copernican and Darwinian philosophical presuppositions / Iris Fry
  • History, discovery, analogy: three approaches to the impact of discovering life beyond Earth / Steven J. Dick
  • A multidimensional impact model for the discovery of extraterrestrial life / Clément Vidal
  • Part II. Transcending anthropocentrism: how do we move beyond our own preconceptions of life, intelligence, and culture?
  • The landscape of life / Dirk Schulze-Makuch
  • The landscape of intelligence / Lori Marino
  • Universal biology: assessing universality from a single example / Carlos Mariscal
  • Equating culture, civilization, and moral development in imagining extraterrestrial intelligence: anthropocentric assumptions? / John W. Traphagan
  • Communicating with the other: infinity, geometry, and universal math and science / Douglas A. Vakoch
  • Part III. Philosophical, theological, and moral impact: how do we comprehend the cultural challenges raised by discovery?
  • Life, intelligence, and the pursuit of vale in cosmic evolution / Mark Lupisella
  • "Klaatu barada nikto"
  • or, do they really think like us? / Michael Ruse
  • Alien minds / Susan Schneider
  • The moral subject of astrobiology: guideposts for exploring our ethical and political responsibilities towards extraterrestrial life / Elspeth M. Wilson and Carol E. Cleland
  • Astrobiology and theology / Robin W. Lovin
  • Would you baptize an extraterrestrial? / Guy Consolmagno, SJ
  • Part IV. Practical considerations: how should society prepare for discovery
  • and non-discovery?
  • Is there anything new about astrobiology and society? / Jane Maienschein
  • Preparing for the discovery of extraterrestrial life: are we ready? Considering the potential risks, impacts, and plans / Margaret S. Race
  • Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence: preparing for an expected paradigm break / Michael A.G. Michaud
  • SETI in non-Western perspective / John W. Traphagan and Julian W. Traphagan
  • The allure of alien life: public and media framings of extraterrestrial life / Linda Billings
  • Internalizing null extraterrestrial "signals": an astrobiological app for a technological society / Eric J. Chaisson.