The Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration, and Scientific Innovation at the John W. Kluge Center represents an opportunity for high-level scholarship to understand the interface between human society and the scientific exploration of the cosmos. In the spirit of Baruch Blumberg, whose life and work spanned multiple disciplines, this program addresses the concept of exploration broadly defined to include any aspect of space exploration within the parameters of NASA’s mission to “reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.” This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to current and previous Chairs.
The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, appointed Susan Schneider as the 2019-2020 Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration, and Scientific Innovation.
Susan Schneider is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science and the Director of the Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mind and Society Group at the University of Connecticut.
Schneider's project at the Kluge Center, "Life, Cosmos and Consciousness," aims to establish a dialogue on the exploration of the future of intelligent life throughout the cosmos, positing that the most advanced non-human civilizations may be postbiological in nature.
Themes she will explore while in residence include: how to define life, whether consciousness is an inherently biological phenomenon, whether advanced AI could be a form of life, and how to discover life unlike our own.
The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.
The following post appeared in the Library of Congress blog—Insights: the Scholarly Work of the John W. Kluge Center. This blog shares the knowledge gleaned from the research of top scholars in the humanities and social sciences in residence at the Library of Congress. Links to digital content are provided when available.
The following links feature presentations by Susan Schneider available on the external site YouTube.