Cosmic Society: Towards a Sociology of the Universe by Peter Dickens

By Peter Dickens

An unique imaginative and prescient and a pedagogical textual content on an incredible factor of our time and, much more, of our childen´s.

Göran Therborn is collage Professor of Sociology at Uppsala college, Sweden, and Professor and Chair of Sociology on the collage of Cambridge, united kingdom.

Arguably crucial and positively the main formidable ebook of contemporary sociology.

Bryan Turner, Editor of the Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology.

Space weaponry, satellite tv for pc surveillance and communications, and personal house trip are all potential within which outer house is being humanized: integrated into society’s initiatives. yet what are the political implications of society not just being globalized, yet turning into ‘cosmic’?

Our principles approximately society have lengthy affected, and been plagued by, our realizing of the universe: huge sections of our financial system and society at the moment are equipped round humanity’s use of outer area. Our view of the universe, our more and more ‘cosmic’ society, or even human recognition are being remodeled by means of new family with the cosmos.

As the 1st sociological e-book to take on humanity’s courting with the universe, this interesting quantity hyperlinks social concept to classical and modern technological know-how, and proposes a brand new ‘cosmic’ social concept. Written in a punchy, student-friendly variety, this well timed publication engages with more than a few topical matters, together with our on-line world, terrorism, tourism, surveillance and globalization.

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One innovation, for example, is Stephen Hawking’s ‘baby universes’. Here, space is envisaged as ‘a sort of quantum foam, randomly shaping and unshaping itself’ (Kern 2003: 161). From this substance a number of tiny space–time bubbles apparently emerge, said to be connected by ‘wormholes’. These latter form and experience their own Big Bangs and creation of their own complete universes. The picture is one of rapidly breeding universes, with every centimetre of our universe generating 10143 universes every second, with each connected to our own universe by tiny wormholes while also giving birth to further multiple universes.

Or was he much nearer the angels (Bynum 1975)? Meanwhile, biology was beginning to emphasize change and the transformation of species. This too seemed to undermine the Chain’s assertion of a fixed social and natural order. In this context, the Chain was reinterpreted as describing a process not a static hierarchy. The ‘lower’ forms of entity could be envisaged as possibly adapting into ‘higher’ forms over time (Lovejoy 1960). But in the end the model broke down in the context of profound social, political and intellectual change.

On the one hand, we have cosmic elites with specialized, often mathematical, knowledge. On the other hand, we have the great mass of people whose knowledge is based on practical experience. This division of labour is orchestrated, a basis for class and other social divisions. The division meant that mental labour (and mental workers) were considered nearer to God because of their connection to the heavens, whereas manual labourers and manual work were despised. Mental labourers were also deemed to be happier thanks to their proximity to God (Farrington 1947).

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