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Emigrating Beyond Earth

Human Adaptation and Space Colonization

Authors: Smith, Cameron, Davies, Evan T.

  • Focuses on the anthropological reasons for space colonization, essentially the human need to spread out into new environments to protect against extinction
  • Shows how space colonization is a natural continuation of humanity's 4-million-year history of migration and adaptation
  • Uses the stories of the colonization of the Arctic and the Pacific islands as models of migration behavior
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Emigrating Beyond Earth puts space colonization into the context of human evolution. Rather than focusing on the technologies and strategies needed to colonize space, the authors examine the human and societal reasons for space colonization. They make space colonization seems like a natural step by demonstrating that if will continue the human species' 4 million-year-old legacy of adaptation to difficult new environments. The authors present many examples from the history of human expansion into new environments, including two amazing tales of human colonization - the prehistoric settlement of the upper Arctic around 5,000 years ago and the colonization of the Pacific islands around 3,000 years ago - which show that space exploration is no more about rockets and robots that Arctic exploration was about boating!

About the authors

Dr. Cameron M. Smith, Ph.D., teaches human evolution and prehistory at the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University in Oregon. His professional training began as a student of Harvard University's early human archaeology field school at the Leakey research station in northern Kenya. After a year at the University of London's Institite of Archaeology, Dr. Smith earned a Joint Honors BA in Anthropology and Archaeology at Durham University before completing graduate degrees in the US and Canada. His courses emphasize adaptation and evolution as structuring factors of human prehistory. Dr. Smith has been widely published in both scientific journals and popular science magazines, including the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Structure and Dynamics, the Journal of Field Archaeology, Scientific American MIND, Scientific American, Evolution: Education and Outreach, Archaeology, Hang Gliding and Paragliding and Spaceflight. He has written about evolution book and magazines including The Top Ten Myths About Evolution (Prometheus, 2006) endorsed by the National Center for Science Education and the American Library Association, and The Fact of Evolution (Prometheus, 2011) endorsed by Science Daily and recently picked for the Scientific American Book Club. Away from his office, Dr.Smith is an active Scuba diver and paraglider pilot. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club of New York.

Evan T. Davies, Ph.D., began his academic training in archaeology at Cornell University and has conducted fieldwork throughout the United States, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and the South Pacific. He completed his graduate studies in  cultural anthropology at Rice University, where he focused on land use among traditional hunter-gatherer societies in Central Africa. He serves as a defense attache, African area expert and imagery scientist in the United States Navy. In 2007 while deployed  on a combat tour with the multi-national forces in Iraq, Dr. Davies became involved with efforts to preserve Iraqi antiquities and archaeological sites. His experiences in Iraq led him to pursue medical studies and in the coming years he intends to work in wilderness and expedition medicine as well as continue anthropological research into indigenous pharmaceuticals and healing practices. Dr. Davies is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club of New York and his popular science writing has appeared in Wiley publications as well as Spaceflight and Archaeology magazines. He has a held a lifelong interest in space exploration.

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“This book would be a good introduction to the idea of space colonization for those who otherwise might consider it as an utopian idea while reading about the technologies necessary for transporting hundreds of people to distant locations in the Solar System and possibly terraforming a planet. ‘Emigrating Beyond Earth’ shows it all more in a way that’s easily understandable and logical without too much previous knowledge.” (Kadri Tinn, Astromadness.com, September, 2014)

“A basic premise of this work is that ‘human migration into space will be the continuation of the natural process of evolution.’ … the authors examine the pros and cons of colonization and conclude that it both can and should be attempted. To support their case, they note some potential catastrophes that could lead to the extinction of humans, and believe that space colonization may be necessary for the survival of the human species. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers.” (T. Barker, Choice, Vol. 50 (6), February, 2013)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Extraterrestrial Adaptation: Humanity, Evolution, and Migration into Space

    Smith, Cameron M. (et al.)

    Pages 3-29

  • Stardust: The Origins of Life, Evolution and Adaptation

    Smith, Cameron M. (et al.)

    Pages 31-79

  • The Adaptive Suite of Genus Homo: Cognitive Modernity and Niche Construction

    Smith, Cameron M. (et al.)

    Pages 81-109

  • A Choice of Catastrophes: Common Arguments for Space Colonization

    Smith, Cameron M. (et al.)

    Pages 113-149

  • False Choices: Common Objections to Human Space Colonization

    Smith, Cameron M. (et al.)

    Pages 151-177

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eBook $29.99
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Softcover $39.95
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emigrating Beyond Earth
Book Subtitle
Human Adaptation and Space Colonization
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-1165-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-1165-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-1164-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 290
Number of Illustrations and Tables
45 b/w illustrations
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