Light of the Stars Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

Light of the Stars  Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

Winner of the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science "A valuable perspective on the most important problem of our time." —Adam Becker, NPR Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we realize we might not be alone ...

Author: Adam Frank

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393609028

Category: Science

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Winner of the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science "A valuable perspective on the most important problem of our time." —Adam Becker, NPR Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we realize we might not be alone in this universe. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life from the ancient Greeks to modern thinkers, and he demonstrates that recognizing the possibility of its existence might be the key to save us from climate change. With clarity and conviction, Light of the Stars asks the consequential question: What can the likely presence of life on other planets tell us about our own fate?
Categories: Science

The Uninhabitable Earth

The Uninhabitable Earth

1667–68), though as a concept it appeared earlier in the 1937 sci-fi novel Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon. 8 “the astrobiology of the Anthropocene”: Adam Frank, Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth (New York: W. W. ...

Author: David Wallace-Wells

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241355237

Category: Science

Page: 320

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**SUNDAY TIMES AND THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** 'An epoch-defining book' Matt Haig 'If you read just one work of non-fiction this year, it should probably be this' David Sexton, Evening Standard Selected as a Book of the Year 2019 by the Sunday Times, Spectator and New Statesman A Waterstones Paperback of the Year and shortlisted for the Foyles Book of the Year 2019 Longlisted for the PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. Over the past decades, the term "Anthropocene" has climbed into the popular imagination - a name given to the geologic era we live in now, one defined by human intervention in the life of the planet. But however sanguine you might be about the proposition that we have ravaged the natural world, which we surely have, it is another thing entirely to consider the possibility that we have only provoked it, engineering first in ignorance and then in denial a climate system that will now go to war with us for many centuries, perhaps until it destroys us. In the meantime, it will remake us, transforming every aspect of the way we live-the planet no longer nurturing a dream of abundance, but a living nightmare.
Categories: Science

Living with Tiny Aliens

Living with Tiny Aliens

5 (April 22, 2016): 359–62; and Adam Frank, Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth (New York: Norton, 2018). 36. David Grinspoon, Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future (New York: Grand Central Publishing, ...

Author: Adam Pryor

Publisher: Fordham University Press

ISBN: 9780823288328

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Astrobiology is changing how we understand meaningful human existence. Living with Tiny Aliens seeks to imagine how an individuals’ meaningful existence persists when we are planetary creatures situated in deep time—not only on a blue planet burgeoning with life, but in a cosmos pregnant with living-possibilities. In doing so, it works to articulate an astrobiological humanities. Working with a series of specific examples drawn from the study of extraterrestrial life, doctrinal reflection on the imago Dei, and reflections on the Anthropocene, Pryor reframes how human beings meaningfully dwell in the world and belong to it. To take seriously the geological significance of human agency is to understand the Earth as not only a living planet but an artful one. Consequently, Pryor reframes the imago Dei, rendering it a planetary system that opens up new possibilities for the flourishing of all creation by fostering technobiogeochemical cycles not subject to runaway, positive feedback. Such an account ensures the imago Dei is not something any one of us possesses, but that it is a symbol for what we live into together as a species in intra-action with the wider habitable environment.
Categories: Religion

Theology on a Defiant Earth

Theology on a Defiant Earth

Floyd, Richard A. Down to Earth: Christian Hope and Climate Change. Eugene: Cascade, 2015. ... “Can Cities Change Earth's Evolution?” 13.7: Cosmos and Culture. ... Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth.

Author: Jonathan Cole

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781666903232

Category: Ecotheology

Page: 245

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"In this book, theologians and scholars of religion grapple with the political, philosophical, and ethical implications of a climate crisis provoked by one species, our own, serving its needs at the increasingly intolerable cost of all life on the planet"--
Categories: Ecotheology

Save the People

Save the People

Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth. W. W. Norton, 2019. Harari, Yuval Noah. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Harper Perennial, 2018. Hazen, Robert M. The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, ...

Author: Stacy McAnulty

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780759553989

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

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"Save the People is engaging, funny, affecting and delightful. You’ll never have more fun learning science." --Stuart Gibbs, bestselling author of the Spy School series "Serious science and great gags, with a bit of hope thrown in.” --Steven Sheinkin, author of Bomb and Fallout Stacy McAnulty, the bestselling author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl and the Our Universe series, delivers an action-packed look at past extinction and current threats to humanity's survival -- with the ultimately reassuring message that humans probably have a few more millennia in us. Scientists estimate that 99% of all species that have ever existed are now extinct. Whoa. So, it's not unreasonable to predict humans are doomed to become fossil records as well. But what could lead to our demise? Supervolcanos? Asteroids? The sun going dark? Climate change? All the above?! Humans—with our big brains, opposable thumbs, and speedy Wi-Fi—may be capable of avoiding most of these nightmares. (The T. rex would be super jealous of our satellites.) But we're also capable of triggering world-ending events. Learning from past catastrophes may be the best way to avoid future disasters. Packed with science, jokes, and black and white illustrations, Save the People! examines the worst-case scenarios that could (but hopefully won’t) cause the greatest mass extinction—our own!
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Unsustainable World

Unsustainable World

Frank, Adam (2018) Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, New York: W.W. Norton. Frank, Adam and W.T. Sullivan (2016) Astrobiology, “A new empirical constraint on the prevalence of technological species in the ...

Author: Peter N. Nemetz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000540901

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 418

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Using a cross-disciplinary, science- and economics-based approach, this book provides a sobering and comprehensive assessment of the multifaceted barriers to achieving sustainability at a global level. Organized into three parts, the book defines sustainability in part I and sets the context of the historical and current difficulties facing the world today. In parts II and III, it outlines the sustainability challenges faced in transportation, manufacturing, and agriculture, and then in turn addresses the solutions, conditional solutions, and nonsolutions to these challenges. These include electric and autonomous automobiles, nuclear power, renewable energy, geoengineering, and carbon capture and storage. The author attempts to differentiate among those proposed solutions and discusses which are most promising and which are infeasible, counterproductive, and potentially a waste of time and money. In each of the book’s chapters, the scientific evidence is presented in detail, in keeping with the advice of the young Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, to let the science speak for itself. The author outlines why sustainability is unlikely to be achieved in several key areas of human endeavor and readers are challenged to weigh the scientific evidence for themselves. Using an economic business-based approach, this book introduces students and general readers to the challenges of sustainability and the environmental difficulties facing humanity today.
Categories: Business & Economics

X Risk

X Risk

See A. Frank, The Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth (London: Norton, 2018); for footage of the talk, see <>. 15. J. Zalasiwicz, 'When Did the Anthropocene Begin?

Author: Thomas Moynihan

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781913029821

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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How humanity came to contemplate its possible extinction. From forecasts of disastrous climate change to prophecies of evil AI superintelligences and the impending perils of genome editing, our species is increasingly concerned with the prospects of its own extinction. With humanity's future on this planet seeming more insecure by the day, in the twenty-first century, existential risk has become the object of a growing field of serious scientific inquiry. But, as Thomas Moynihan shows in X-Risk, this preoccupation is not exclusive to the post-atomic age of global warming and synthetic biology. Our growing concern with human extinction itself has a history. Tracing this untold story, Moynihan revisits the pioneers who first contemplated the possibility of human extinction and stages the historical drama of this momentous discovery. He shows how, far from being a secular reprise of religious prophecies of apocalypse, existential risk is a thoroughly modern idea, made possible by the burgeoning sciences and philosophical tumult of the Enlightenment era. In recollecting how we first came to care for our extinction, Moynihan reveals how today's attempts to measure and mitigate existential threats are the continuation of a project initiated over two centuries ago, which concerns the very vocation of the human as a rational, responsible, and future-oriented being.
Categories: Social Science

After the Anthropocene

After the Anthropocene

Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth. Scientific American, 319(1), 72. Biro, A. (2005). Denaturalizing Ecological Politics: Alienation from Nature from Rousseau to the Frankfurt School and Beyond.

Author: Anne Fremaux

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030111205

Category: Political Science

Page: 316

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The environmental crisis is the most prominent challenge humanity has ever had to battle with, and humanity is currently failing. The Anthropocene—or so called ‘age of humans’—is indeed a period when the survival of humanity has never been so much at risk. This book locates itself in the field of critical green political theory. Fremaux's analysis of the current environmental crisis calls for us to embrace radical shifts in our modes of being; or, in other words, socially progressive innovations that will be described within the unique framework of "Green Republicanism." In offering a constructive and emancipatory delineation of what could be considered an ecological civilization that is respectful of its natural environment and social differences, this book describes how to shift from an ‘arrogant speciesism’ and materialistic lifestyle to a post-anthropocentric ecological humanism focusing on the ‘good life’ within ecological limits. This new political regime calls for a radical reinvention of our societies, a decentering of the humans within our metaphysical worldview, and a withdrawal of the capitalist technosphere at the benefit of the biosphere. It will require a new economic paradigm that replaces the unsustainable capitalist logic of growth by sustainable degrowth and steady economics. Rooted in ethical thinking and political philosophy, this book seeks to offer a concrete roadmap of how sustainable societies can be fostered.
Categories: Political Science

Hidden History

Hidden History

Been Aliens.” It was written by astrophysicist Adam Frank from the University of Rochester. He is the author of the book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth. In his article he put forth a rather startling ...

Author: Jim Willis

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 9781578597185

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit


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Investigates and questions the scientific consensus on the origins of civilization Do we, the human species, really know who we are or where we came from or how we originated or our place in the cosmos? Or is much of what we have been taught wrong or misguided or possibly even blatant lies intended to keep people in power and everyone else in line? Exploring alternative theories on the establishment of society and civilization, Hidden History: Ancient Aliens and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization looks at a variety of dissenting, suppressed, and forbidden accounts of history and the origins of humanity. It takes a broad and inclusive survey of historical documents, various theories, and a wide array of perspectives to explore what conventional wisdom might have gotten right and wrong. The book serves as a useful introduction into the suppressed accounts of the origins of modern civilization. It combines cutting-edge science with metaphysical, spiritual, and even paranormal views, daring to ask whether there might be a better explanation for humanity’s existence and the origins of civilization than the current scientific consensus. Hidden History looks at the multiverse and parallel dimensions, the ancient alien theory, metaphysics, and hypotheses beyond physical perception, the eleven dimensions of string theory, radio telescopes that penetrate to the event horizon of our universe, mathematical equations that take us where no one has gone before, and the world-wide sharing of experiences old and new that speak of long forgotten ancient mythologies that reveal historical truths. With more than 120 photos and graphics, this tome is richly illustrated. Its helpful bibliography provides sources for further exploration, and an extensive index adds to its usefulness. This fascinating book is a thorough investigation and examination of the mysteries surrounding early civilizations, their myths, legends, histories, monuments—and lasting legacies.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit



Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth. New York: Norton, 2018. Franklin, H. Bruce. War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. French, R. A.“The Reclamation of ...

Author: Andy Bruno

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108898027

Category: History


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In 1908, thunderous blasts and blazing fires from the sky descended upon the desolate Tunguska territory of Siberia. The explosion knocked down an area of forest larger than London and was powerful enough to obliterate Manhattan. The mysterious nature of the event has prompted a wide array of speculation and investigation, including from those who suspected that aliens from outer space had been involved. In this deeply researched account of the Tunguska explosion and its legacy in Russian society, culture, and the environment, Andy Bruno recounts the intriguing history of the disaster and researchers' attempts to understand it. Taking readers inside the numerous expeditions and investigations that have long occupied scientists, he foregrounds the significance of mystery in environmental history. His engaging and accessible account shows how the explosion has shaped the treatment of the landscape, how uncertainty allowed unusual ideas to enter scientific conversations, and how cosmic disasters have influenced the past and might affect the future.
Categories: History