Human Adaptation and Space Colonization

Cameron M. Smith and Evan T. Davies

EMIGRATING BEYOND EARTH: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization For four million years humankind has been actively expanding geographically and in doing so has adapted to a wide variety of hostile environments. Now we are looking towards the ultimate adaptation - the colonization of space. Emigrating Beyond Earth illustrates that this is not a technocratic endeavor, but a natural continuation of human evolution; a journey not just for the engineer and rocket scientist, but for everyman. Based on the most current understanding of our universe, human adaptation and evolution, the authors explain why space colonization must be planned as an adaptation to, rather than the conquest of, space.

Emigrating Beyond Earth argues that space colonization is an insurance policy for our species, and that it isn't about rockets and robots, it's about humans doing what we've been doing for four million years: finding new places and new ways to live.

Applying a unique anthropological approach, the authors outline a framework for continued human space exploration and offer a glimpse of a possible human future involving interstellar travel and settlement of worlds beyond our own.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements and Dedications
About the Authors

PART I: The Context and Uniqueness of Human Evolution and Adaptation
1. The Extraterrestrial Adaptation: Humanity, Evolution and Migration Into Space
2. Stardust: The Origins of Life, Evolution and Adaptation
3. The Adaptive Equipment of the Genus Homo: Symbolism and Niche Construction

PART II Arguments For and Against Human Space Colonization
4. A Choice of Catastrophes: Common Arguments for Space Colonization
5. False Choices: Common Objections to Human Space Colonization

PART III Human Adaptation to Space: Lessons from the Past and Shaping the Future
6. Starpaths: Adaptation to Oceania
7. Building an Adaptive Framework for Human Space Colonization
8. Distant lands Unknown: Informed Speculation on the Human Future in Space


Extent: 300 pages, Black and white images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4614-1164-2

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