publication . Article . Preprint . 2017

Widening perspectives: the intellectual and social benefits of astrobiology (regardless of whether extraterrestrial life is discovered or not)

Ian A. Crawford;
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  • Published: 17 Mar 2017 Journal: International Journal of Astrobiology, volume 17, pages 57-60 (issn: 1473-5504, eissn: 1475-3006, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Abstract
Astrobiology is usually defined as the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. As such it is inherently interdisciplinary and cannot help but engender a worldview infused by cosmic and evolutionary perspectives. Both these attributes of the study of astrobiology are, and will increasingly prove to be, beneficial to society regardless of whether extraterrestrial life is discovered or not.
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free text keywords: Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous), Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous), Space and Planetary Science, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Physics - Popular Physics, Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics, Physics - Physics and Society, Big History, Astrobiology, Social benefits, Extraterrestrial life, Sociology
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