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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 378–397.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Istvan Praet Abstract Astrobiology is normally envisaged as the scientific endeavor preoccupied with the search for life beyond Earth. What remains underappreciated, however, is that it is also a hotbed of transversal thinking. It links disciplines that have historically grown up in isolation from...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 309–324.
Published: 01 November 2017
... tendency to understand our own planet in unfamiliar terms, especially in astrobiology, where so-called analog sites and “extreme environments” provide clues about alien planets. © 2017 Istvan Praet and Juan Francisco Salazar 2017 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 433–453.
Published: 01 November 2017
... philosophy of astrobiology, and take contemporary research in cognitive science, linguistics, semiotics, and history (to name just a few relevant research fields) into account. So, what are we presupposing when we, human beings, are searching for “extraterrestrial intelligence”? What, exactly, are we...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 300–308.
Published: 01 November 2017
... themselves as cultural forms. In the sciences of extraterrestriality, meanwhile, astrobiology has in many quarters come to eclipse the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, which has folded interested anthropologists and their associates into conversation with the primary, secondary, and science...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 398–417.
Published: 01 November 2017
... Antarctica. Microbial life flourishes in almost every environment on Earth. It is also the keystone of astrobiological research for morphological biosignatures on other planets. However, for microbiologists it is an accepted axiom that only 1 to 5 percent of all existing microorganisms have been...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 325–340.
Published: 01 November 2017
... planet capable of housing life as we know it. The question of life is no doubt a motivator for many scientists in this field, but at the same time exoplanet astronomy has worked hard to disentangle itself from astrobiology and the fringe project of searching for extraterrestrial intelligent life. As...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2017) 9 (1): 129–148.
Published: 01 May 2017
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 341–358.
Published: 01 November 2017
... information patterns. 15 In the microbiology of extremophiles, Helmreich shows us a “realm of extreme metabolisms, jumbled genealogies, and shifting scales,” 16 in which life cannot be shorn from its substrate but is nevertheless plastic and always working at its own limits. In astrobiology, we meet...