Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Non-Western interest in extraterrestrial life
I never gave this a thought. I just assumed [wrong] that just about everyone was interested in this issue.
Surprisingly, the question "Is there Life in the Universe outside Earth?" has been raised, in rational terms, almost only in the western literature throughout the ages. In a first part I justify this statement. Then I try to develop an explanation of this fact by analyzing the different aspects of the notion of "decentration".
"The Extraterrestrial Life debate in different cultures" by Jean Schneider