The History and Philosophy of AstrobiologyNovember 28, 2012 / Posted by: Daniella Scalice
Human beings have wondered about the stars above them since the dawn of our species. Is there life out there? Are we alone? The question of life in the universe can be traced back to antiquity, to philosophers and authors like Aristotle, Epicurus of Samos, and Lucian of Samosata. Since then, the astrobiological question has fascinated scientists and philosophers and has been discussed by religious thinkers and utopian authors. Increasingly, the question has gone from something we do not have any answer to, something we can only imagine, to something that we can actually study.
Thus begins the introductory article in a new special collection on the history and philosophy of astrobiology that appears in a recent issue of Astrobiology. Guest editors David Dunér, Erik Persson, and Gustav Holmberg have curated an interesting array of articles, covering topics from the history of exoplanet detection to Darwin’s contribution to the development of the panspermia theory to the moral status of extraterrestrial life.
- NASA’s NExSS Coalition to Lead Search for Life on Distant Worlds
- A New Tool for Deep Sea Microbiology
- Early Career Astrobiologists Recognized
- Report on Contamination Considerations for Mars 2020
- A Case for Brine on Mars
- Viruses Help Microbial Hosts Cope With Life at the Extremes
- There and Back Again: Biofilm Specializaton
- New Library of Congress Astrobiology Chair Announced
- Diverse Methane Sources in Shallow Alaskan Lakes
- POSTPONED: Quantifying Constraints on Metabolic Diversity Patterns