Terra Incognita - Cosmological Theory and Space Colonization

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G. Tolkowsky (2002), JBIS, 55, 2-7

Refcode: 2002.55.2
Keywords: Colonization, Copernicus, cosmology, isotropy, philosophy, Ptolemy

Philosophical and scientific cosmological theory may impact human motivation to colonize space. Isotropic theories regarding cosmic structure and function offer no a-priori advantages to the habitation of any given cosmic zone, and therefore deprive colonization ideology of a cosmological motive. In contrast, certain aniso- tropic theories, which assign superior qualities to some cosmic zones over others, provide such motives. It follows that future space colonization may partially depend on the emergence of anisotropic cosmological theories, some of which are already contained in Western intellectual tradition but are not currently accepted.

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