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While the chapters have explored how place is made in space, the conclusion attempts to answer why. The desire to know “our place in the universe” is not a modern yearning. Thinkers in different times have pursued this question for different reasons. Today, the conclusion suggests, scientists hold up as the answer to this question an end to loneliness. Creating places elsewhere offers an imagination of connection and, perhaps, a longed-for antidote to increasingly virtual and disconnected ways of being.

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