The History and Philosophy of Astrobiology: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life and the Human Mind

The History and Philosophy of Astrobiology: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life and the Human Mind

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ISBN-13: 9781443850353
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

David Duner is Professor of History of Science and Ideas and Researcher at the Centre for Cognitive Semiotics, Lund University, Sweden. He was director of the research group Astrobiology: Past, Present, and Future at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Extraterrestrial Life and the Human Mind David Dunér 1

Part I Cognition

Chapter 1 Philosophical Aspects of Astrobiology Erik Persson 29

Chapter 2 Astrocognition: A Cognitive Zoology Approach to Potential Universal Principles of Intelligence Mathias Osvath 49

Chapter 3 The "Final Frontier" as Metaphor for Mind: Opportunities to Radically Re-conceptualize What it Means to be Human Joel Parthemore 67

Chapter 4 Pyrrhonean Aporiagogics and the Astrocognitive Challenge Per Lind 93

Chapter 5 Philosophical Problems of the Definition of Extraterrestrial Life and Intelligence Jean Schneider 129

Part II Communication

Chapter 6 Evolving an Extraterrestrial Intelligence and its Language-Readiness Michael A. Arbib 139

Chapter 7 Greetings Earthlings! On Possible Features of Exolanguage Arthur Holmer 157

Chapter 8 Preparations for Discussing Constructivism with a Martian (the Second Coming) Göran Sonesson 185

Chapter 9 The Evolution of LINCOS: A Language for Cosmic Interpretation Maria G. Firneis Johannes J. Leitner 201

Part III Culture

Chapter 10 The Debate over Panspermia: The Case of the French Botanists and Plant Physiologists at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century Stephane Tirard 213

Chapter 11 Extraterrestrial Life for the Masses: Knut Lundmark and the Boundaries of Science Gustav Holmberg 223

Chapter 12 The Organization of Astrobiology in a Sociological Context Urszula K. Czyzewska 231

Chapter 13 Astrobiology and Theology: Uneasy Partners? Christopher C. Knight 245

Chapter 14 Some Philosophical and Theological Implications of Modern Astrobiology Ludwik Kostro 257

Chapter 15 Astrobiology: The Next Revolution? Jacques Arnould 269

Contributors 279

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