Cosmos and Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context

Cosmos and Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context

by Steven J. Dick, Mark Lupisella
     
 

 

During the last 50 years, coincident with the Space Age, cosmic evolution has been recognized as the master narrative of the universe, history writ large. Cosmic evolution includes physical, biological, and cultural evolution, and of these the latter is by far the most rapid.  In this volume, authors with diverse backgrounds in science,

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During the last 50 years, coincident with the Space Age, cosmic evolution has been recognized as the master narrative of the universe, history writ large. Cosmic evolution includes physical, biological, and cultural evolution, and of these the latter is by far the most rapid.  In this volume, authors with diverse backgrounds in science, history, anthropology, and more, consider culture in the context of the cosmos. How does our knowledge of cosmic evolution affect terrestrial culture? Conversely, how does our knowledge of cultural evolution affect our thinking about possible cultures in the cosmos? Are life, mind, and culture of fundamental significance to the grand story of the cosmos that has generated its own self-understanding through science, rational reasoning, and mathematics? Might this lead to cultural evolution on a large enough scale to allow the universe to both create and steer itself toward its own destiny?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780160831195
Publisher:
US National Aeronautics and Space Admin
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Edition description:
First
Pages:
612
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

 

Table of Contents:Introduction: Mark Lupisella/Steve Dick The Cosmic Context·        Steven Dick, "Cosmic Evolution, Astrobiology and SETI: Key to Human Destiny”

  • Eric Chaisson, "Cosmic Evolution: State of the Science"
 Cultural Evolution 
  • Kathryn Denning, "Cultural Evolution: State of the Field"
  • Susan Blackmore, "The Dangerous Inevitability of Memes"
  • John Smart, "Universal Evolutionary Development, Accelerating Change, and Cosmic Culture: A Speculative Framework"
  • Howard Bloom: “The Big Burp: The Birth of the Family of DNA and The Four-Billion-Year Biography of Culture”
 Cosmos and Culture 
  • Mark Lupisella: "Cosmocultural Evolution: Genes, Machines and Cosmic Ethics"
  • Paul Davies, "Life, Mind and Culture as Fundamental Properties of the Universe."
  • James Gardner, "The Intelligent Universe"
  • Seth Shostak, "The Cosmic Bottleneck"
  • Doug Vakoch, “Interstellar Message Construction and Decipherment”
  • David Christian, “Maps of Time: Implications for Culture and Cosmos"
  • Steven Dick, "Bringing Cosmos to Culture: The Postbiological Universe"
  • JoAnn Palmeri, "Bringing Cosmos to Culture: Harlow Shapley and the Uses of Cosmic Evolution"

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