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Cosmos & Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context by National Aeronautics and Space Admininstration, Steven J.

By National Aeronautics and Space Admininstration, Steven J. Dick, Mark L. Lupisella

  Product Description: over the past 50 years, coincident with the distance Age, cosmic evolution has been well-known because the grasp narrative of the universe, heritage writ large. Cosmic evolution comprises actual, organic, and cultural evolution, and of those the latter is by way of some distance the main rapid.    during this quantity, authors with assorted backgrounds in technology, historical past, anthropology, and extra, contemplate tradition within the context of the cosmos. How does our wisdom of cosmic evolution have an effect on terrestrial culture? Conversely, how does our wisdom of cultural evolution impact our puzzling over attainable cultures within the cosmos? Are lifestyles, brain, and tradition of basic value to the grand tale of the cosmos that has generated its personal self-understanding via technological know-how, rational reasoning, and mathematics? Might this bring about cultural evolution on a wide sufficient scale to permit the universe to either create and steer itself towards its personal future?  

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Cosmic evolution’s potential by the early 1960s to become a research program was converted to reality by NASA funding. This is true not only of NASA’s exobiology laboratory and grants program, but also of its SETI program. Born at Ames in the late 1960s, quite 33 Cosmos and Culture Figure 1. Cosmic evolution is depicted in this image from the exobiology program at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), 1986. Upper left: the formation of stars, the production of heavy elements, and the formation of planetary systems, including our own.

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