2015 – 2016
INQUIRY ON THE SOCIETAL IMPLICATIONS OF ASTROBIOLOGY
Societal understanding of the meaning, value, and future of life on earth has always developed in dialogue with scientific investigation of its origin and evolution. Today, the new science of astrobiology extends this search for understanding to include the possibility of other life, elsewhere in the universe.
The discovery of another form of life, whether microbial or complex, would change how we see ourselves and our world. How would theology, the humanities, and the social sciences relate life as we know it to this background of other possibilities?
A comprehensive understanding of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe requires dialogue with the best current science and collaboration across conventional disciplinary boundaries.