alexa Life as a Cosmic Phenomenon: The Socio-Economic Control
ISSN: 2332-2519

Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach
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Life as a Cosmic Phenomenon: The Socio-Economic Control of a Scientific Paradigm

N Chandra Wickramasinghe1,3* and Gensuke Tokoro2,3
1Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology; University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK
2Hitotsubashi University, Institute of Innovation Research, Tokyo, Japan
3Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics, Gifu, Japan
Corresponding Author : Wickramasinghe NC
Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology
University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK
Tel: 44-777-838-92432
E-mail: [email protected]
Received June 09, 2014; Accepted June 25, 2014; Published June 27, 2014
Citation: N Chandra Wickramasinghe, Tokoro G (2014) Life as a Cosmic Phenomenon: The Socio-Economic Control of a Scientific Paradigm. Astrobiol Outreach 2:113. doi:10.4172/2332-2519.1000113
Copyright: © 2014 N Chandra Wickramasinghe et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

A major paradigm shift with potentially profound implications has been taking place over the past 3 decades at a rapidly accelerating pace. The Copernican revolution of half a millennium ago is now being extended to place humanity on the Earth in its correct cosmic perspective - an assembly of cosmically derived viral genes, no more, no less, pieced together over 4 billion years of geological history against the processes of Darwinian natural selection. The evidence for our cosmic ancestry has now grown to the point that to deny it is a process fraught with imminent danger. We discuss the weight of modern scientific evidence from diverse sources, the history of development of the relevant ideas, and the socio-economic and historical forces that are responsible for dictating the pace of change.

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