Social & Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

I spent last weekend at the Social & Cultural Issues in Astrobiology 2016 conference at Clemson University, South Carolina. A small academic conference (~30 people) discussing nonscientific issues surrounding astrobiology and space exploration, and an absolutely amazing chance to spend two days thinking through the future among some of the world’s foremost thinkers and researchers on the topic.

If you poke around the website, you can find abstracts on all 26 talks: two one-hour keynotes and 24 half-hour talks on everything from ethics to gene theory. Starting on the 3rd talk1, I livetweeted my notes and comments. For an overview of some of the top concerns and opinions around space travel, take a look through the Storifies below!

Session 1: Philosophy of Science

Session 2: Philosophy of Biology

Session 3: Connections and Patterns

Session 4: The Importance of Perspective

Day 2 Keynote

Session 5: Education & Outreach

Session 6: Concepts of Life

Session 7: Applied Ethics

Session 8: Ethical Theory

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  1. I missed the first keynote, and the first talk of the first session

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