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Life Beyond Earth

Steven J. Dick

Steven J. Dick is an astronomer, author and specialist in the fields of astrobiology, the history of astronomy and space exploration. Astrobiology’s purpose is the search for life beyond us in the universe. Aside from his work in astrobiology, Dick is known for advancing the ideas of Cosmo theology and the post-biological universe. Cosmo theology holds that theology should be based on what we know about the universe, namely that we are not in a central physical position, and possibly not in a central position biologically.

27:25 | 2020

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About Steven J. Dick

Steven J. Dick served as the NASA Chief Historian and Director of the NASA History Office from 2003 to 2009 and, prior to that, as an astronomer and historian of science at the U.S. Naval Observatory for more than two decades. He was the 2014 Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center, and in 2013 testified before the United States Congress on the subject of astrobiology. His book Astrobiology, Discovery, and Societal Impact won the 2019 PROSE award for Cosmology and Astronomy from the Association of American Publishers. In addition to his work in history of astronomy, astrobiology, and space exploration, Steve is known for his ideas of cosmotheology, the postbiological universe, and the "Three Kingdom System," the first comprehensive classification system for astronomy.

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