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Philosophy of Astrobiology: An introduction

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Course Created By,  S M Nazmuz Sakib

All Level 6 Hours 44.6 mins of Video Lecture Language: English Lifetime Access Certificate of completion Free
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Key Topics Covered
  • Astrobiology
  • Philosophy
  • Astrobiology

Who can take this course?
  • Basic English
  • Philosophy Basics
  • Basic Science

Course Description

Astrobiology, formerly known as exobiology, is an interdisciplinary scientific field concerned with the origins, early evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. Astrobiology considers the question of whether extraterrestrial life exists, and if it does, how humans can detect it. P... Read More

Astrobiology, formerly known as exobiology, is an interdisciplinary scientific field concerned with the origins, early evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. Astrobiology considers the question of whether extraterrestrial life exists, and if it does, how humans can detect it. Perhaps, wonders the philosopher in Bernard de Fontenelle’s Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes (1686), there are astronomers on Jupiter; and perhaps we cause them to engage in scientific quarrels, so that some Jovian philosophers must defend themselves when they put forward the ludicrous opinion that we exist. Their telescopes are directed towards us, as ours are towards them, “that mutual curiosity, with which the inhabitants of these Planets consider each other, and demand the one of the other, What world is that? What people inhabit it?” (Fontenelle, 1701, p. 93; 1767, p. 207) Human beings have wondered about the stars above since the dawn of the species.
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