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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 280
Title: Rethinking Life: Astrobiology and the Future of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Lead Author: Denning, Kathryn E
Abstract: Human beings have long been interested in the potential discovery of extraterrestrial life  but astrobiology is much more than this. Astrobiology addresses the definition, emergence, evolution, and future of life on Earth and in the universe, and intersects with the human exploration and exploitation of our solar system, our own deliberate evolution, and our relationship with our planet. Astrobiology is challenging our views of, and engagements with, life itself, as well as humanitys position in the universe. The science presents issues that crosscut SBES disciplines at a fundamental level. All legal, ethical, theological, and cultural systems are based on `life as we know it, and astrobiology has begun to challenge those fundamental assumptions, as well as our anthropocentrism, and our terracentrism. A truly interdisciplinary approach is needed to understand the broad implications within human and social contexts now, and in the future. We therefore ask, How will advances in astrobiology research and exploration affect humanity? , and argue that it is necessary to foster an interdisciplinary community of SBES researchers who can address the human questions that astrobiology is presenting to us.
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