Space weaponry, satellite surveillance and communications, and private space travel are all means in which outer space is being humanized: incorporated into society’s projects. But what are the political implications of society not only being globalized, but becoming ‘cosmic’? Our ideas about society have long affected, and been affected by, our understanding of the universe: large sections of our economy and society are now organized around humanity’s use of outer space. Our view of the universe, our increasingly ‘cosmic’ society, and even human consciousness are being transformed by new relations with the cosmos. As the first sociological book to tackle humanity’s relationship with the universe, this fascinating volume links social theory to classical and contemporary science, and proposes a new ‘cosmic’ social theory. Written in a punchy, student-friendly style, this timely book engages with a range of topical issues, including cyberspace, terrorism, tourism, surveillance and globalization.
Towards a Sociology of the Universe
Author: Peter Dickens,James S. Ormrod
Category: Social Science
Provides a critical survey of human attempts to understand the universe, tracing the quest from its origins in ancient Greece to the present day.
The Quest for the Theory of Everything
Author: Dan Falk
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Following the first comprehensive transdisciplinary dialogue on humans in outer space which resulted in "Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Odysseys", the European Science Foundation (ESF), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) have continued and deepened this transdisciplinary dialogue, which can now be found in Humans in Outer Space - Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Going further than regarding humans as better-than-robot tools for exploration, it investigates the human quest for odysseys beyond Earth's atmosphere and reflects on arising issues related to Europe's role among the States conducting human exploration. It provides perspectives related to governance, management of space exploration, space settlements, the role of astronauts in the future as well as related to the encounter of extraterrestrial life.
Author: Ulrike Landfester,Nina-Louisa Remuss,Kai-Uwe Schrogl,Jean-Claude Worms
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Technology & Engineering
A New Approach to Man's Experience of the Stars
Author: Norman Davidson
This book represents a simple idea with profound implications for science and philosophy. It develops a new foundation at both a popular and technological level of current fundamental theories.
Quantum Computers, Superstrings, Programming, Egypt, Quarks, Mind Body Problem, and Turing Machines
Author: Stephen Blaha
Publisher: Pingree-Hill Publishing
Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
"Explores how space technology can help governments and citizens meet the challenges of economic modernisation and sustainable development." - cover.
Science, Politics and the New Space Race
Author: Melissa Mean,James Wilsdon
"Many of the chapters in the present volume were first presented at the 2008 BSA Annual Conference 'Social Worlds, Natural Worlds' held at the University of Warwick."--Acknowledgments.
Author: Bob Carter
a sociological study
Author: William Sims Bainbridge
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Category: Technology & Engineering
Bringing together some of the most eminent thinkers in the field, this book celebrates the seminal contribution of Ted Benton to such pressing themes as: realism, naturalism and the philosophy of the social sciences, the continuing relevance of Marxism, philosophical anthropology and human needs, and ecology, society and natural limits.
essays in honour of Ted Benton
Author: Sandra Moog,Rob Stones,Ted Benton
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Category: Social Science
Space junk crashing into Earth is a real and escalating danger. Milne provides the first synthesis of the interdisciplinary work of the scientific community, which has been investigating how the satellite industry can be protected from manmade and natural space hazards. The result is an invaluable book for those concerned with space missions and space disasters, those worried about cosmic radiation and its effects on humans, members of the Spaceguard defense movement, and anyone concerned with defense and international cooperation efforts in general. Tens of millions of objects may exist in space, ranging in size from grains of sand to entire rocket boosters. Many fireballs seen in the skies, often thought to be UFOs, are in fact manmade debris. Plutonium and other highly toxic fuels from failed Russian craft have already contaminated inhabited areas of Central Asia. Natural hazards such as comet particles can travel at 100 times the speed of a bullet and can severely damage satellites. There is also the danger of spaceweather effects, such as cosmic rays, that could interfere with a spacecraft's electronics and interrupt the global transmission of telephones and television.
The Space Debris Crisis
Author: Antony Milne
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies offers students clear and informed chapters on the history of globalization and key theories that have considered the causes and consequences of the globalization process. There are substantive sections looking at demographic, economic, technological, social and cultural changes in globalization. The handbook examines many negative aspects – new wars, slavery, illegal migration, pollution and inequality – but concludes with an examination of responses to these problems through human rights organizations, international labour law and the growth of cosmopolitanism. There is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches with essays covering sociology, demography, economics, politics, anthropology and history. The Handbook written in a clear and direct style will appeal to a wide audience. The extensive references and sources will direct students to areas of further study.
Author: Bryan S Turner
Category: Political Science
Explores the significance of the first Apollo moon landing and how the countless books, films, and products associated with factual space fiction had an affect on popular culture and artistic practice, but not social sciences and humanities Investigates how a topic is hugely important in popular culture, but almost invisible in the academy, and how it makes us want to ask questions about visibility, or perhaps self-censorship Evaluates how little impact the space age actually had on the social sciences and humanities - partly because its combination of military-industrial cold war politics, combined with patriarchy and big science, sits uneasily with contemporary thought in these areas Provides an interdisciplinary collection of essays on various aspects of NASA, the moon landing, and the commercialization of space generally The book travels from hard engineering to space romance, echoing the variety of attempts to blur science and culture
From Apollo to Space Tourism
Author: David Bell,Martin Parker
Category: Social Science
Seit zwei Jahrhunderten operiert die westliche Philosophie im Schatten von Hegel. Es ist ein sehr langer Schatten, und jede neue Philosophengeneration ersinnt seither neue Wege, um aus ihm herauszutreten. Während die einen dies mittels neuer theoretischer Konzepte versuchen, überziehen die anderen sein Denken schlicht mit Hohn und Spott. Slavoj Žižek unternimmt in seinem monumentalen Buch erst gar nicht den Versuch, aus diesem Schatten herauszutreten, macht es sich aber auch keineswegs darin bequem. Seine Devise lautet nicht: Zurück zu Hegel! Sondern: Wir müssen hegelianischer sein als der Meister selbst, um wie er die Brüche und Verwerfungen in der Realität verstehen und kritisieren zu können. In dieser hyperhegelianischen Manier und mit gewohnt pointierten Abschweifungen in (fast) alle Bereiche von Philosophie, Kunst und Leben rettet Žižek Hegels radikal emanzipatorisches Projekt für unsere Zeit.
Hegel und der Schatten des dialektischen Materialismus
Author: Slavoj Žižek
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
Margaret Jacob and Larry Stewart examine the profound transformation that began in 1687. From the year when Newton published his Principia to the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851, science gradually became central to Western thought and economic development. The book aims at a general audience and examines how, despite powerful opposition on the Continent, a Newtonian understanding gained acceptance and practical application. By the mid-eighteenth century the new science had achieved ascendancy, and the race was on to apply Newtonian mechanics to industry and manufacturing. They end the story with the temple to scientific and technological progress that was the Crystal Palace exhibition. Choosing their examples carefully, Jacob and Stewart show that there was nothing preordained or inevitable about the centrality awarded to science. "It is easy to forget that science might have been stillborn, or remained the esoteric knowledge of court elites. Instead, for better and for worse, science became a centerpiece of Western culture."
Author: Margaret C. Jacob,Larry Stewart
Publisher: Harvard University Press
This casebook examines climate change law using primary source materials, commentary and problem exercises. Climate science and policy are integrated into each section of the book. Reducing global and U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change receive approximately equal treatment. Mitigation is covered in chapters on the probable post-Kyoto regime, energy law and policy, national and state law, theory and practice of economic instruments (such as cap and trade and carbon taxes), and carbon sequestration. Adaptation is addressed in ecosystem, sectoral, regional, and human settlement chapters.
Mitigation and Adaptation
Author: David R. Hodas,Nicholas A. Robinson
Publisher: West Academic