The detection of extra-terrestrial life and the consequences for science and society

Martin Dominik, John C. Zarnecki

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Abstract

Astronomers are now able to detect planets orbiting stars other than the Sun where life may exist, and living generations could see the signatures of extra-terrestrial life being detected. Should it turn out that we are not alone in the Universe, it will fundamentally affect how humanity understands itself-and we need to be prepared for the consequences. A Discussion Meeting held at the Royal Society in London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, on 25-26 January 2010, addressed not only the scientific but also the societal agenda, with presentations covering a large diversity of topics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-507
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. A, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume369
Issue number1936
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2011

Keywords

  • origin and evolution of life
  • extra-terrestrial life
  • extra-solar planets
  • astrobiology
  • search for extra-terrestrial intelligence
  • science and society
  • M-CIRCLE-PLUS
  • EARTH
  • INTELLIGENCE
  • DISCOVERY
  • SEARCH
  • PLANET
  • SYSTEM
  • ROCKS
  • STAR

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