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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. On the other hand, there is a growing tendency to understand our own planet in unfamiliar terms. And this tendency is...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 433–453.
Published: 01 November 2017
... turn our attention to research within the history and 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...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 300–308.
Published: 01 November 2017
... astrosciences 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...
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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
... worked hard to disentangle itself from astrobiology and the fringe project of searching for extraterrestrial intelligent life. As astronomer Debra Fischer explained to me, astrobiology “profoundly underlies this whole search and is rarely discussed.” When I asked why, she responded that astrobiologists...
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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
... shorn from its substrate but is nevertheless plastic and always working at its own limits. In astrobiology, we meet scientists looking for traces and shadows of life as we know it, who push at the limits of their knowledge; in looking for life beyond they also inadvertently make the cosmos “ecological...