An ethical Discourse about directed Panspermia

Philipp Markus Grob, Svetlana Rusnakova, Peter Pitek & Barnaby Christian Searle

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


Directed panspermia is a relatively unknown concept which may have severe and irreversible consequences. This paper attempts to bring forward the discussion about panspermia, highlightingthe importance of considering the implications of our actions before permanent damage is done. The following research question was posed in order to deal with this subject: What are the ethical implications of directed panspermia? The paper applies deontological and consequentialist argumentation to the ecocentric, anthro-pocentric, biotic ethical and deep ecological worldviews. Parallels to subglacial lake explorationwere made as the ethical issues involved are very similar. In addition, the legal aspects of directed panspermia were researched, as well as how laws pertaining to it are enforced. It was found that anthropocentric views are very much in favour of directed panspermia, and the remaining three can result in a more conservative approach, finding that waiting for technological advancements and better understanding of our universe before acting is a much preferred scenario. It was also found that there is a clear difference between the de jure and de facto legal systems. These results show that, unless one adheres to an entirely anthropocentric view, humanity is not yet advanced or learned enough to be moving life around the galaxy. It also highlights a need for a more aligned or enforced legal system.

UddannelserBasis - Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2019
Antal sider33
VejledereCamous Moslemi