All Astronautical Evolution posts in 2017:
Back to 2016:
New in 2015:
Short story The Marchioness
2016: Stragegic goal for manned spaceflight…
2015: The Pluto Controversy, Mars, SETI…
2014: Skylon, the Great Space Debate, exponential growth, the Fermi “paradox”…
2013: Manned spaceflight, sustainability, the Singularity, Voyager 1, philosophy, ET…
2012: Bulgakov vs. Clarke, starships, the Doomsday Argument…
2011: Manned spaceflight, evolution, worldships, battle for the future…
2010: Views on progress, the Great Sociology Dust-Up…
Index to essays – including:
The Great Sociology Debate (2011)
Building Selenopolis (2008)
Towards the Sociology of the Universe –
The Great Sociology Debate
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What does modern sociology have to say about human expansion into space, and how do those promoting spaceflight respond to this?
On 8 September 2010 the British Interplanetary Society in London hosted an evening lecture entitled “How should we humanise outer space?”. The presenters of that lecture, Peter Dickens and James S. Ormrod, are university lecturers in sociology, and have written a book on the subject: Cosmic Society: Towards a Sociology of the Universe (Routledge, 2007).
The resulting exchange of views was vigorous and heated. It became clear that two incompatible cultures were confronting each other. The following debate was one result:
It is my hope that my posting of these strongly worded exchanges on the web will stimulate greater understanding of the issues involved!