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What is life? on earth and beyond

Author: Andreas Losch
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
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Approaches from the sciences, philosophy and theology, including the emerging field of astrobiology, can provide fresh perspectives to the age-old question 'What is Life?'. Has the secret of life been unveiled and is it nothing more than physical chemistry? Modern philosophers will ask if we can even define life at all, as we still don't know much about its origins here on Earth. Others regard life as something that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
What is life? on earth and beyond.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016059503
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andreas Losch
ISBN: 9781316816707 1316816702 9781316809648 1316809641
OCLC Number: 993878529
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Contributors; Preface; Introduction; Science; 1 Reflections on Origins, Life, and the Origins of Life; 2 The Search for Another Earth-Like Planet and Life Elsewhere; 3 The Shape of Life: Morphological Signatures of Ancient Microbial Life in Rocks; 4 Precellular Evolution and the Origin of Life: Some Notes on Reductionism, Complexity and Historical Contingency; Philosophy; 5 Science and Philosophy Faced with the Question of Life in the Twentyfirst Century; 6 What is Life? And Why is the Question Still Open? 7 Is the Origin of Life a Fluke? Why the Chance Hypothesis Should Not be Dismissed Too Quickly8 Some Contemporary --
and Persistent --
Fallacies and Confusions about Astrobiology; 9 Superintelligent AI and the Postbiological Cosmos Approach; Theology; 10 What Theology can Contribute to the Question "What is Life?"; 11 Autopoietic Systems and the Theology of Creation: On the Nature of Life; 12 Where There's Life There's Intelligence; 13 Life in the Universe, Incarnation and Salvation: A Conversation between Christianity and the Scientific Possibilities of Extra Terrestrial Life 14 Talking Lions, Intelligent Aliens, and Knowing God --
Some Epistemological Reflections on a Speculative IssueConclusion; 15 What is Life? On Earth and Beyond: Conclusion; 16 A Skeptical Afterword; Index
Responsibility: [edited by] Andreas Losch, Universität Bern, Switzerland.
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This volume explores the questions and answers surrounding the 'secret of life', combining approaches from the sciences, philosophy and theology, including the emerging discipline of astrobiology.  Read more...
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