SETI and Big History Challenge and Extension

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Lowell Gustafson


SETI is one of the significant challenges to its framework that expands the purposes of big history.  Big history had exerted similar impact on world history, as did previous national histories, which in turn had impacted religious history.  Big History seeks to use evidence and the best theoretical analyses to integrate studies of the cosmos, Earth, life on Earth, and humanity.  SETI shares the interest in the cosmos, but examines exo-planets, astrobiology, and possible extra-terrestrial intelligence.  In this article, we consider the developing relationship between the purposes of SETI and big history.

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Lowell Gustafson, Department of Political Science, Villanova University

Lowell S. Gustafson is Professor of Political Science at Villanova University.  Among his publications are:

  • Gustafson, L. (2014). “From Particles to Politics.”  Teaching and Researching Big History: Exploring a New Scholarly Field (pp. 72 – 99). Volgograd, Russia: Uchitel Publishing House.
  • Gustafson, L. (2015). “Big Politics” in Barry Rodrigue, Leonid Grinin, and Andrey Korotayev, co-editors, A Big History Anthology, Volume I, Primus Books, Delhi, India.
  • Gustafson, L. (2016). “The Geopolitics of Global Citizenship” in Tammy Birk and Irene Langran co-editors.  Globalization and Global Citizenship.  Routledge, New York.
  • Gustafson, L. (2017). “Identity and Big Geopolitics” in Osamu Nakanishi, chief editor, Universal Studies and the Modern World: Becoming Global and Cosmic Humanity.  Institute for GLobal and Cosmic Peace, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Big History and Political Science: Science, the Deep Past, and the Political, in The Routledge Companion to Big History edited by Craig Benjamin, Esther Quaedackers, and David Baker, Routledge, NY, 2019.