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Emigrating Beyond Earth

  • Kartonierter Einband
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Emigrating Beyond Earth puts space colonization within the context of human evolution. Rather than focusing on the technologies and strategies needed to colonize space, the authors examine the human and societal reasons for space colonization.

Emigrating Beyond Earth puts space colonization into the context of human evolution. Rather than focusing on the technologies and strategies needed to colonize space, the authors examine the human and societal reasons for space colonization. They make space colonization seems like a natural step by demonstrating that if will continue the human species' 4 million-year-old legacy of adaptation to difficult new environments. The authors present many examples from the history of human expansion into new environments, including two amazing tales of human colonization - the prehistoric settlement of the upper Arctic around 5,000 years ago and the colonization of the Pacific islands around 3,000 years ago - which show that space exploration is no more about rockets and robots that Arctic exploration was about boating!

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Dr. Cameron M. Smith, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University in Oregon. He also teaches an archaeological field school for Linfield College. His professional training began as a student of Harvard University's early human archaeology field school at the Leakey research station in northern Kenya. After a year at the University of London's Institute of Archaeology, Dr. Smith earned a Joint Honors BA in Anthropology and Archaeology to European Prehistory. His courses emphasize adaptation and evolution as structuring facts of human prehistory. Dr. Smith has been widely published in both scientific and popular science magazines, including the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, The Journal of Field Archaeology, Scientific American MIND, Archaeology, Playboy and Spaceflight. He is the co-author of the title The Top Ten Myths About Evolution (Prometheus, 2005), a pro-evolution title that is currently endorsed by the National Center for Science Education and the American Library Association and is translated into Italian. He is also the co-author on the title Anthropology for Dummies (Wiley, 2008) along with Dr. Evan T. Davies Dr. Evan T. Davies, PhD, began his professional career as an archaeological and geographical fieldworker. He has taught anthropology at Rice University, University of Houston, and is currently a guest lecturer in anthropology at Portland State University. In March 2000, Dr. Davies began working for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, in support of global environment and security issues.



Zusammenfassung
From the book reviews: "This book would be a good introduction to the idea of space colonization for those who otherwise might consider it as an utopian idea while reading about the technologies necessary for transporting hundreds of people to distant locations in the Solar System and possibly terraforming a planet. 'Emigrating Beyond Earth' shows it all more in a way that's easily understandable and logical without too much previous knowledge." (Kadri Tinn, Astromadness.com, September, 2014) "A basic premise of this work is that 'human migration into space will be the continuation of the natural process of evolution.' ... the authors examine the pros and cons of colonization and conclude that it both can and should be attempted. To support their case, they note some potential catastrophes that could lead to the extinction of humans, and believe that space colonization may be necessary for the survival of the human species. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers." (T. Barker, Choice, Vol. 50 (6), February, 2013)

Inhalt

The Extraterrestrial Adaptation - Humans in the Universe.- Stardust - Where We Come From.- Rewriting the Rules of Nature - How Humanity Survives.- The Usual Objections - Why Space Colonization is Cheap and Easy.- Extraordinary Colonization - The Arctic - Extraordinary Colonization - The Pacific.- A Choice of Catastrophes - Why We Must Do It.- Reconnaissance - A History of Space Exploration to Present.- Distant Lands Unknown - The Origin of Homo extraterrestrialis.- Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Emigrating Beyond Earth
Untertitel: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization
Autor:
EAN: 9781461411642
ISBN: 978-1-4614-1164-2
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Genre: Physik & Astronomie
Anzahl Seiten: 290
Gewicht: 507g
Größe: H16mm x B240mm x T167mm
Jahr: 2012
Auflage: 2012

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