‘Life. Extraterrestrial, Artificial and Synthetic’ book available online in Swedish

LIFE Extraterrestrial, Artificial and SyntheticThis book is the result of an interdisciplinary project at the Pufendorf Institute, Lund University. Twelve researchers from the same number of disciplines have been included in the project. The purpose has been to highlight the challenges that come with extraterrestrial, artificial and synthetic life. The interdisciplinary approach has given us the opportunity to highlight the questions from every conceivable angle, but also to find completely new combinations of methods and approaches.

Our hope is that the book will inspire new thoughts and discussions about life. The book addresses both those who are already interested and those who have not yet begun to ponder the challenges of extraterrestrial, artificial and synthetic life.

Life is a central concept in many areas of research, for example in biology, astrobiology, chemistry and medicine, as well as in law, theology and philosophy. Life is also a central theme of art. It is treated and pondered in numerous works of art, in poetry, novel and film. How we understand, value and protect life is extremely fundamental. In the future, these issues will become even more difficult and, if possible, even more important. Research groups from all over the world today work to create life in the laboratory, look for life in space and provide machines with properties that have previously only been living creatures, and development is fast. It is important that we at the same time consider the challenges that this entails. It will take time to find ways to live in a world where life exists in forms we can hardly imagine today and where the boundary between living beings and machines becomes increasingly blurred. The decisions we make today will also affect the development of society, research and development for a long time to come.

Interview: I am Fascinated by Our Universe and Humanity’s Place in It

English version of the interview for the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University, Sweden

Published on Jun, 26, 2017

Klara Anna Capova is a guest researcher with the theme A Plurality of Lives, which is about to finish up its work at the Pufendorf IAS in Lund. She is currently working in social study of astrobiology at Durham University in the UK.

What is your background?

I am a sociocultural anthropologist with specialisation in science, technology and society studies, currently working in social study of astrobiology. I received my undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities specialising in the history and philosophy of science, and my postgraduate degree in General Anthropology specialising in cultural and philosophical anthropology, both from Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic.

My doctoral research (Durham University, 2013) is about the conceptual development and the social context of the scientific search for life beyond Earth. My aim was to describe the scientific search for other life as a specific culture of science. This encompassed the study of scientific practices, public attitudes, science fiction, visual culture and impact of science and technology on contemporary society. So I conducted not only multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, but also extensive work with visual evidence which I particularly enjoyed.

Why are you involved in the theme A Plurality of Lives?

As an affiliated researcher I took part in the theme from its very beginnings. I was excited when I was invited over to Lund to work here for three months to meet the theme researchers in person and also to get to know the beautiful city
of Lund better. It is also a delight to work with the staff at Pufendorf IAS!

What do you hope to contribute?

My task is to complete a pre-final version of Astrobiology and Society in Europe White Paper. This is a joint endeavour of the working group on History and Philosophy of Astrobiology of COST Project TD1308 Origins of Life. The White Paper involves nearly thirty brilliant researchers from twelve European countries and various space science disciplines. The main aim of the document is to address scientific and societal issues, discuss current status and propose a sustainable future of astrobiology research in the European Union. And at least but not last, to support the founding of the European Astrobiology Institute.

What do you hope to get out of your stay?

I am greatly enjoying my time here and embracing the opportunity of getting to know the place and the people, a wonderful time that money can’t buy. Workwise, the White Paper is my priority, but I continue my work in the social study of astrobiology and outer space. So far I have managed to deliver a research poster at NASA Astrobiology Conference in Arizona, and am now getting ready to take part in the Emerging Scholar Workshop at the Center for Theological Enquiry in Princeton.

What are your research interests?

In general, I explore transformations of human relations to outer space and study how science changes society. This involves study of advancements in astrobiology, history and philosophy of science, and of contemporary astroculture, as well as popular perceptions of science and the societal context of space exploration. The special case for this is the scientific search for life beyond Earth and the popular imagining of alien life. I am active in qualitative social research, science policy development, and in delivering talks, lectures, poster sessions, and workshops worldwide.

What drives you?

I am really just a curious person and I greatly enjoy interdisciplinary dialogue and reaching out into other areas of science. I am fascinated by the topics I am currently researching. That is; our universe, humanity’s place in it and what does it mean being human in the 3rd millennium.

What are you working on right now?

Apart from the above mentioned White Paper, I am currently working on a paper on space industry, its growth and potential impact on Earth’s environment and on society. Also the plans for future settlements on Mars and the Moon are on my radar too. Since 2013 I have been running a research profile on Facebook @spacecultures, the Space Cultures page is dedicated to societal, cultural, ethical, historical, scientific and philosophical aspect of search for life beyond earth and space cultures worldwide.

Have you ever been to Lund and/or Sweden?

Yes, I was in Lund last year before Christmas, when we had the first writing up meeting dedicated to the Astrobiology White Paper. Our work has progressed well since that time and we are now aiming at submitting the final version in October. It has been a privilege to work with Erik Persson and David Dunér, both participating in the Plurality of Lives Project at the Pufendorf IAS.

Jag är fascinerad av universum och mänsklighetens plats i det.

Publicerad den 26 juni 2017

Klara Anna Capova är en gästforskare som har arbetat med temat A Plurality of Lives som snart avslutar sitt arbete på Pufendorfinstitutet. Hon är en en sociokulturell antropolog som är verksam vid Durhams universitet i Storbrittanien.

Vad är din bakgrund?

Jag är en sociokulturell antropolog med specialistkompetens inom vetenskap, teknik och samhällsstudier. Just nu arbetar jag med sociala studier inom astrobiologi. Min kandidatexamen är inom humaniora och konst, och jag specialiserade mig inom historia och filosofi. Min forskarexamen var inom antropologi, med ett fokus på kulturell och filosofisk antropologi. Både min kandidat och min forskarexamen tog jag vid Charles universitet i Prag, Tjeckien.

Min doktorandforskning (Durham University, Storbritannien, 2013) handlade om den konceptuella utvecklingen av den sociala kontexten för det vetenskapliga utforskandet av liv bortom vår egen planet. Mitt syfte var att beskriva det vetenskapliga sökandet efter liv som en specifik vetenskaplig kultur. Avhandlingen omfattade studier av vetenskapliga angreppssätt, allmänna attityder, science fiction, visuell kultur och vetenskapens och teknologins påverkan på dagens samhälle. Det gjorde att jag genomförde både etnografiska studier samt ett omfattande arbete med visuella källor, något som jag särskilt njöt av.

Varför arbetar du med temat A Plurality of Lives?

Jag har varit en del av detta tema från dess början, som en affilierad forskare. Jag blev väldigt glad när jag blev inbjuden till Lund för att arbeta med temat i tre månader, personligen möta forskarna, samt lära känna det vackra Lund bättre. Det är också ett nöje att arbeta med människorna bakom Pufendorfinstitutet.

Vad vill du bidra med?

Min uppgift är att avsluta en nästan färdig version av Astrobiology and Society in Europe White Paper. Det är ett gemensamt arbete som utförs av en arbetsgrupp inom historia och filosofi i COST Project TD1308 Origins of Life. Rapporten samlar nästan 30 duktiga forskare från tolv europeiska länder, samt olika rymdvetenskaper. Rapportens huvudsakliga syfte är att adressera vetenskapliga och samhälleliga frågor, diskutera hur situationen ser ut idag och föreslå en hållbar framtid för astrobiologisk forskning inom EU. Sist men inte minst ska rapporten stödja etableringen av det europeiska astrobiologiinstitutet under 2018.

Vad vill du få ut av din vistelse?

Jag njuter verkligen av min tid här, och jag tar till vara möjligheten att lära känna platsen och människorna – det är en underbar tid som är guld värd. Arbetsmässigt, så ligger mitt fokus på att skriva den rapport jag nämnde, men jag fortsätter också mitt arbete inom sociala studier och astrobiologi och rymdstudier. Än så länge har jag lyckats med att presentera en forskningsposter på NASA:s astrobiologkonferens i Arizona, USA, och nu förbereder jag mig för att medverka i en workshop vid centret för teologiska undersökningar vid Princetons universitet, USA.

Vad är dina forskningsintressen?

Sammanfattningsvis, utforskar jag hur jag hur mänskliga relationer till rymden har förändrats, och studerar hur vetenskapen förändrar samhället. Det omfattar studier av utveckling inom astrobiologi, historia, filosofi, och samtida astrokultur, liksom populärvetenskapliga uppfattningar om vetenskap och den samhälleliga kontexten för utforskandet av rymden. Forskningsfältet baseras på det pågående vetenskapliga utforskandet av liv i rymden, och de populärkulturella föreställningar som finns om utomjordiskt liv idag. Jag är också aktiv inom kvalitativ social forskning, bidrar i framtagandet av olika typer av riktlinjer, och genomför seminarier, posterutställningar och workshops över hela världen.

Vad driver dig?

Jag är en nyfiken person – jag uppskattar interdisciplinär dialog och att utforska andra områden inom vetenskaplig forskning. Jag är fascinerad av de ämnen som jag utforskar – som exempelvis vårt universum, mänsklighetens plats i det, och vad det betyder att vara mänsklig när vi är inne i det tredje millenniet.

Vad arbetar du med just nu?

Just nu arbetar jag med en artikel om rymdindustri, dess framväxt och möjlig påverkan på vår planets natur och vårt samhälle. Vidare är planerna på framtida bosättningar på Mars och månen på min radar också. Sedan 2013 driver jag en forskarprofil på Facebook, @spacecultures, Space Culturessidan lyfter fram samhälleliga, kulturella, etiska, vetenskapliga och filosofiska aspekter på sökandet efter liv bortom vår egen planet, samt rymdkulturer världen över.

Har du varit i Lund och/eller Sverige tidigare?

Ja, jag var i Lund 2016, före jul, då vi hade vårt första skrivarmöte för rapporten om astrobiologi. Vårt arbete har fortskridit bra sedan dess och vi satsar nu på att skicka in den sista versionen i oktober 2017. Det har varit ett privilegium att arbeta med Erik Persson och David Dunér, som båda ingår i temat Pluality of Lives.

Web: www.pi.lu.se/article/jag-ar-fascinerad-av-universum-och-mansklighetens-plats-i-det

Emerging Scholar Workshops on Society and Astrobiology, CTI Princeton

Super excited about being in Princeton and taking part in the Questing for Life: Emerging Scholar Workshops on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology at the Center of Theological Inquiry, CTI.

Supported by a grant from the NASA Astrobiology Program and the Templeton Foundation, the 2016/2017 Center’s Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology aims to engage the humanities, social sciences, philosophy, and theology with current science exploring the origins and extent of life in the universe.

The workshop Questing for Life: Emerging Scholar Workshops on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology (June 13-16, 2017) focuses on the joint contributions of the sciences and humanities.

More information about the event was published in the Fresh Thinking Magazine: Issue 1 (2018)

About the workshop

Astrobiology is the quest to understand the potential of the universe to harbor life beyond Earth. Societal understanding of life on Earth has always developed in dialogue with scientific investigations of its origin and evolution. Today, the science of astrobiology extends these investigations to include the possibility of life in the universe. As astrobiology develops and its discoveries become more widely known, scholars in the humanities and social sciences will have new opportunities to interpret the significance of these discoveries and deepen our understanding of life itself. These research workshops offer one such opportunity. Questing for Life is for emerging scholars who are open to this new angle of vision on perennial questions. Sample topics include the use of narratives in understanding life in space; historical studies of first encounters with other cultures and natural life on Earth; how literature and the arts shape expectations of life; ethical, philosophical, and theological implications of the quest; conceptual questions in defining life; theoretical problems in identifying life; the legal, environmental, political, and commercial issues in planetary protection; and the impact of astrobiology on views of nature for indigenous and world religions. CTI aims to foster a community of discussion that crosses traditional boundaries.

24th Image Symposium, Madrid, 20 – 22 June

Looking forward to delivering a keynote lecture and taking part in the Image Symposium 2017 in CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in June.

24th Image Symposium – Glitch Futures. Data Speculation, Technocosmology and Dispossession in Times of Accelerated Capitalism, 20 − 22 JUNE 2017

The temperature of viscous Miami swamps rose as high-risk frequency trading propelled through sub-Atlantic fibre cable highways. The pulse of their desires synchronised with the construction rate of newly incepted tropical islands built on radioactive trade-debris by the bay of Dubai. And as orbiting space junk was transformed into military checkpoints for the recent colonies en route to the seven earth-like planets, the Extractivist Dream Society gathered to rethink flashy new forms of post-ethical marketing for the enhanced humans who were on their way.

This edition of the symposium reflects on the current visual production of accelerated capitalism, or how images, data and algorithms are articulating forms of governance due to their speculative nature: how they boost financial and urbanist speculation, operate as affective currencies, unleash paranoid wavelengths of cyberwarfare, and impact the pressing rise of climatic fictions via denialism and extra-planetary colonialism. For that purpose, this symposium is envisioned as a Futurological Data Bureau that sets out to analyse how the politics of image circulation are implicit in today’s material culture, fuelling rampant dispossession, extractivism and neo-colonialism. It explores how virtual reality produces devastating realities of technocratic austerity and widespread states of anxiety while draining and co-opting the production of future imaginaries. Consequently, the prospective aim of the Bureau will be to identify the glitch of these imaginaries, to collectively intervene the code malfunction and its interstices in order to relaunch the imagination of our futures.

The IMAGE SYMPOSIUM is a programme devoted to the collective reflection, theory and practice around image production and visual cultures, comprising an international seminar, workshops and an open call to the public for research projects.

With contributions by Klara Anna Capova, Julie Doyle, Lisa Messeri, Metahaven, César Rendueles, Gean Moreno, and Sidsel Meineche Hansen, followed by respondents José Manuel Bueso, Marta Peirano, Diego del Pozo.

Workshops by Regina de Miguel, Metahaven, Gean Moreno.

The symposium will be held on 20, 21 J and 22 june from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and workshops on 20, 21 and 22 June from 11:00 am to 14:00 pm.

Enrolment free until 19 June

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

20 JUN 16:00 – 20:00
Climate warfare and extraplanetary imaginings
Ever more, planetary transcendence is used as a horizon of conquest, projecting human future beyond tangible spatiality. The New Space Age arrives at this moment of widespread-felt planetary crisis, when the demand for resource management incites a shift to the engineered futures of extraplanetary quest. Ever since the cold war era, several nations have invested in the militarisation of space as a horizon for investment, projecting in it its growth-led economies, nuclear surveillance plans, and extractivist policies. At the same time, Earth’s climate models have been successively disputed, with a constant challenge linked to data erasure and manipulation to control mainstream opinion. Inquiring into how the implications of data analysis are involved in mythmaking and cosmology today, we will explore how are our representation systems affecting material politics in earth today. How have planetary and space representations been altered through the politics of imagining technologies over the last few years? Furthermore, how is this shift towards space extractivism implied in the systemic and ecologic relation we have with the Earth?

Speakers
Klara Anna Capova is Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology at the Durham University (UK) and Visiting Research Fellow at Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies in Lund University (Sweden). She is a sociocultural anthropologist working in Science and Technology Studies. Her main research interests are in the social study of astrobiology and scientific search for extraterrestrial life in general. Klara Anna is looking into transformations of human relations to outer space, developments in contemporary worldviews and studies how science changes society.

Julie Doyle is Professor of Media and Communication, and Co-Chair of the Centre for Research in Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics, University of Brighton. Her research explores how visual media and culture shape climate change communication and engagement. Prof. Doyle has collaborated with visual artists and practitioners, and provided consultancy for environmental NGOs, government, and the sustainability communications sector.

Lisa Messeri is an anthropologist of science who researches the human dimensions of scientific endeavours, focusing on planetary science and virtual reality. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia and the author of “Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds.” She studied aerospace engineering as an undergraduate at MIT before earning a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Respondent
José Manuel Bueso is a freelance theorist and docent. He is also director of La Unidad de Imaginación Forense, the shared reading group in the first season of Escuelita, called Speculative Infrastructures


21 JUN 16:00 – 20:00
Cyberfetishhim and black transparency
The technocratic regime in which we live today is undeniable: computation on a global scale —internet and mobile devices, information networks and data clouds, apps and intelligent cities, automation of several realms of life and artificial intelligence, wiki-democracy and augmented society— has given rise to a technological mega-infrastructure which is at once an architecture of governance and of political transformation. We are caught between determinism and technological fetishism. In this context, images operate as currencies of value, as vectors of financial, political and affective flows with the capacity to shape or (undo) subjects, communities, cities, territories and the relationships they establish between each other. The case of surveillance is paradigmatic: never before in history have we been so closely controlled, and we have proactively participated in this form of control. Algorithms and patterns of recognition have replaced any ethical decalogue, and we have embraced paranoia and distrust as a structure, in favour of slogans of protection, safety and democracy. Opposing this panorama of systematic surveillance and the mobilisation of large swathes of contemporary life towards the digital world, we will explore issues of cyberfetishism as well as the tactical notion of Black Transparency, understood as a radical form of democracy of information.

Speakers
Metahaven is a strategic design studio operating on the cutting edge between communication, aesthetics, and politics. Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven creates ingenious, strange assemblages between different art forms ranging from installations to clothing. Their work, both commissioned and self-produced, addresses branding and identity in such a way to speak of contemporary forms of power, in an age where power is especially designed to exclude as many people as possible from its operating system, its code.

César Rendueles is a doctor in philosophy and a lecturer in sociology at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has published Sociofobia. El cambio político en la era de la utopía digital (2013), Capitalismo canalla (2015) and En bruto. Una reivindicación del materialismo histórico (2016), and has also edited classic texts by Karl Marx, Walter Benjamin, Antonio Gramsci and Karl Polanyi.

Critical Sessions

Respondent
Marta Peirano is deputy editor of eldiario.es; founder of Cryptoparty Berlin and co-director of COPYFIGHT. She has published books on automatons, annotation systems and technological futurism and an introduction to cryptography for journalists and media sources called El Pequeño Libro Rojo del activista en Red. This is the first book in the world with a prologue by Edward Snowden. She also writes a column on technology, digital art and surveillance for the journal Muy Interesante.

22 JUN 16:00 – 20:00
CCC (Corporal, capital, city) Whitening

Whether as previsualistions or models, the production of 3D virtual animation has become a key tool for manifold sectors, ranging from the military complex to architecture and city planning studios to the porn industry. Far from being innocuous, these technologies of visual production are not only altering the operative fields in which they are inserted, but are also affecting and modifying the subjects, objects and territories they represent, generally for the sake of commodification. Through various case studies, this symposium will explore the performativity of these animations or, in other words, the reality effects created by this visual production and their consequences. For instance, the architectural animation of the city of Miami is building the imaginary of the city itself, channelling forms of capital and normalising the vertical military gaze through the drone aesthetic. It is a perspective that describes space in terms of friend or enemy, erasing from the visual surface those (dispossessed and racialised) subjects that get in the way of the projection of luxury apartment blocks. Likewise, we will also explore how the high-tech gaming and pornography industries are creating animations of hyper-sexualised female bodies that tacitly reproduce regimes of productive and reproductive work. These are phantasmagorical images proper to the current neoliberal times which, besides emphasising the dispossession of bodies they (do not) represent, are normalising a state of disaffection: the generalised desensitisation through the purported rationality of the technologies that produce them and their systematised consumption.

Speakers
Gean Moreno is Curator of Programs at ICA Miami, where he founded and organizes the Art + Research Center. He is on the Advisory Board of the 2017 Whitney Biennial and serves as co-director of [NAME] Publications. Between 2014-2016, Moreno was Artistic Director at Cannonball, where he developed pedagogical platforms and public commissions. He has contributed texts to various catalogues and publications, including e-flux journal, Kaleidoscope, and Art in America, and has lectured at numerous universities.

Sidsel Meineche Hansen is an artist based in London. Her work takes the form of woodcut prints, sculptures, CGI and VR animations which typically foreground the body’s industrial complex in the pharmaceutical, porn and tech-industries. Her research-led practice also manifests as group work, seminars and publications. In 2009 she co-founded the research collective Model Court, and in 2015 she co-edited Politics of Study (London and Odense: Open Editions and Funen Art Academy). Meineche Hansen was a visiting scholar at California Institute of the Arts in 2016; currently she is associate professor at the Funen Art Academy, Denmark and visiting lecturer at Royal Academy of Fine Art, London.

Critical Sessions

Speakers
Diego del Pozo is an artist, cultural producer and lecturer at the School of Fine Arts at USAL. His practice is driven by politics of emotions, affective economies and how affective devices are socially and culturally produced. He is a member of the art collectives Subtramas, C.A.S.I.T.A. and Declinación Magnética. He is also a member of the research groups Las Lindes, Península and Visualidades Críticas. Del Pozo has shown his work in many solo and group exhibitions and video programmes at various galleries and contemporary art centres.

 

More information at jei.ca2m@madrid.org or at (+34) 912 760 227

Students’ Attitudes to Astrobiology poster presented at NASA AbSciCon 2017

The first poster entitled ‘Students’ Attitudes to Astrobiology. Attitudes towards scientific search for extraterrestrial life among Swedish high school and university students’ by Erik Persson, Klara Anna Capova, and Yuan will be presented later today at the AbSciCon 2017.

E-poster is available online: www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2017/eposter/3156.pdf

Abstract

STUDENTS ATTITUDES TO ASTROBIOLOGY. ATTITUDES TOWARDS SCIENTIFIC SEARCH FOR EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL LIFE AMONG SWEDISH HIGH SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Erik Persson1,2, Klara Anna Capova*3, and Yuan Li4,

1 Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, USA Email: erik.persson@fil.lu.se
2 The Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Lund University, Sweden
3 Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK, Email: k.a.capova@durham.ac.uk
4 Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

The paper presents results of a recent study looking into the attitudes towards the scientific search for extra-terrestrial life among high school and university students in Sweden. The analysis has revealed that (a) the great majority of students believe that extra-terrestrial life exists; (b) most students regard searching for extra-terrestrial life to be fairly important; (c) very few students think that searching for extra-terrestrial life is something we should actively avoid; (d) the most common motive for assigning a high priority to search for extra-terrestrial life, is that it is interesting; and the most common motive for assigning a low priority is the opinion that such knowledge would not be practically useful or that the money would be better spent elsewhere; (e) most students do not think they are very well informed regarding the search for extra-terrestrial life. At the same time, however, a higher percentage of the students who judge themselves to be well informed also believe that extra-terrestrial life exists. We have also found some differences between sub-groups (men/women, high school students/university students and different fields of study), but the differences are with few exceptions small in comparison to the overall trends, and typically matters of degree rather than direction.

Visiting Researcher Fellowship with Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University

I am very pleased to accept the position of Visiting research fellow with the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University in Sweden. I am looking forward to joining ‘A Plurality of Lives’ research group in April and to working on societal aspects of astrobiology and current concepts of life beyond Earth.

Theme A Plurality of Lives
A few decades ago both the creation of new life and the discovery of extraterrestrial life would have been seen as science fiction. Today, the scientific community generally agrees that it is a question of when, not if, any of these endeavours will be successful. In spite of this, there are reasons to believe that we are ill-prepared for the challenges, as well as the opportunities, that the emergence of a plurality of lives – life with different origins – undoubtedly will create. Research groups around the world are currently busy trying to invent new life in the laboratory or looking for extraterrestrial life.

Further, medical science is moving in a direction of turning humans into what sometimes is described as post-humans. These areas have one thing in common, namely that they might, within our lifetime, provide us with a Second Origin of life. In the case of astrobiology, it might be a matter of life that is as old as earth life or older, but when discovered it would still be new to us. In the other cases, it would be a matter of inventing life that did not exist before. The emergence of a plurality of lives will have profound effects on a wide range of issues that all depend on how we look at life, from how to frame research questions in chemistry, biology and astrobiology via legal and political questions, to philosophical and theological perspectives.

Only a thoroughly interdisciplinary project can tackle the basic question behind all these challenges, that is, how will the emerging plurality of lives change how we conceive of and understand life? Please see the Plurality of Lives page on the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies website.

Klara’s Undergraduate Dissertation

Albína Dratvová: Life and Work – In Search of the Lost Cosmos is now available to download (PDF, Czech version).

My final year undergraduate project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree (Bc. of Liberal Arts and Humanities) to Charles Faculty of Humanities, University in Prague, 2005. The thesis ‘Albína Dratvová: Life and Work – In Search of the Lost Cosmos’ was supervised by PhDr. Lubica Gabriskova, CSc.

The two year research project into history of science, science and society, philosophy of science, biography and bibliography of Czech philosopher Dr Dratvova involved extensive study of archival data in the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.
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The dissertation was later partially used as an introduction to a co-edited reprint of the actual diary entitled 'Albina Dratvova: Scientific Diary 1921-1961'. The book was edited by Klara Anna Capova, Libuse Heczkova, and Zuzana Lestinova and published in Prague by Academia in 2008.

Free preview and abstract is available from Academia Publishing (Czech only). For more information please see World Catalogue website. The book is available from the Library of Congress, Princeton University Library, British Library and National Library of the Czech Republic.

ISBN: 9788020016966 8020016961

BBC Three Counties Radio – About Life on Other Planets

Yesterday, on Monday July 20 the News Agency (amongst many others) reported that Stephen Hawking has teamed up with a Russian billionaire to launch a new quest to discover life on other planets. The British scientist has given his backing to Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Initiatives project, which will provide $US100 million over the next decade to those searching for extraterrestrial intelligence. The world got excited about this breaking news story but especially the SETI community welcome this breakthrough event and major new funding for SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence).

On Tuesday, I had a chat with Roberto Perrone on BBC Three Counties Radio about this news, search for life on other planets and of course about anthropology. The episode is available from BBC Three Counties Radio: Roberto Perrone with the day’s top stories and travel news every 15 minutes.

Date: Tue 21 Jul 2015 15:00
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