Principles of Space Anthropology: Establishing a Science of Human Space Settlement (Space and Society) – eBook


  • Author: Cameron M. Smith
  • File Size: 12 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Springer
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3030250199
  • ISBN-13: 9783030250195


Principles of Space Anthropology: Establishing a Science of Human Space Settlement (PDF) shows how anthropology can offer an innovative perspective on the human movement into space. It explores adaptation to space on timescales of generations, instead of merely months or years, and utilizes evolutionary adaptation as a guiding theme. Adopting the lessons of evolutionary adaptation, Principles of Extraterrestrial Anthropology recommends evolutionarily-sound strategies of space settlement, including genetics at the organismal and population levels. The author arranges the concept of cultural adaptation to environments beyond Earth according to observed patterns in human adaptation on Earth. He employs original artwork and tables to help convey complex information in a form accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. Although, primarily written to encourage students interested in space settlement and exploration, who will eventually build a full anthropology of space settlement, Principles of Space Anthropology is engaging to anthropologists across sub-disciplines, and also for scholars interested in the human dimensions of space exploration and settlement. Just as the term exobiology was invented only a few decades ago to transform the field of space life studies, exoanthropology is outlined to help in the perpetuation of Earth life through human space settlement.

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