Impact of extraterrestrial life discovery for third world societies: Anthropological and public health considerations

M. Margaret Weigel, Kathryn Coe

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    Abstract

    In this chapter we focus on the strategies developed by humans, living around the world, to prevent the injuries and death that can occur when confronted by random, but not totally unanticipated disasters. While the occurrence of events such as tsunamis, floods, volcanic eruptions, drought, and hostility from a distant tribe may be forgotten, the ancestral memory of these events, and strategies for coping with them, are retained in such things as stories and rituals. These seemingly unimportant cultural strategies made it possible for individuals to respond to such events with immediate and appropriate actions, thus providing those people with significant survival advantages. We begin by outlining some of the strategies honed by humans over centuries and millennia that proved to be successful in responding to potentially threatening events and that informed future generations about these events and the strategies needed to address them. These strategies, which continue to be practiced in traditional groups, include the use of such things as stories, parables, song and dance. We then apply this thinking to develop a research design for studying the response of individuals living in developing countries to information about possible contact with extraterrestrial complex or intelligent life. We conclude this chapter by outlining a justification for such a study.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics
    Pages283-299
    Number of pages17
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics
    ISSN (Print)16108957
    ISSN (Electronic)16131851

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    Exobiology
    extraterrestrial life
    public health
    Anthropology
    song
    tsunami
    health
    developing countries
    disaster
    Volcanic Eruptions
    volcanic eruption
    Public Health
    developing world
    drought
    Tsunamis
    performing arts
    tsunamis
    coping strategies
    Ceremonial Behavior
    tribal peoples

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Atmospheric Science
    • Geophysics
    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Space and Planetary Science
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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    Margaret Weigel, M., & Coe, K. (2013). Impact of extraterrestrial life discovery for third world societies: Anthropological and public health considerations. In Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics (pp. 283-299). (Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35983-5_15

    Impact of extraterrestrial life discovery for third world societies : Anthropological and public health considerations. / Margaret Weigel, M.; Coe, Kathryn.

    Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics. 2013. p. 283-299 (Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics).

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    Margaret Weigel, M & Coe, K 2013, Impact of extraterrestrial life discovery for third world societies: Anthropological and public health considerations. in Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics. Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics, pp. 283-299. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35983-5_15
    Margaret Weigel M, Coe K. Impact of extraterrestrial life discovery for third world societies: Anthropological and public health considerations. In Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics. 2013. p. 283-299. (Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35983-5_15
    Margaret Weigel, M. ; Coe, Kathryn. / Impact of extraterrestrial life discovery for third world societies : Anthropological and public health considerations. Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics. 2013. pp. 283-299 (Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics).
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