Dark Skies: Geography, Geopolitics and Geohistory of Outer Space
Daniel Deudney, Johns Hopkins University
Wednesday, 10 February, 14:00–15:30 EST
From the earliest times humans have attributed great importance to celestial phenomena. Over the last long century, space visionaries have imagined numerous projects to expand human activities into outer space, a few of which have been realized. A level-headed and balanced assessment of these activities and plans concludes that actual space activities have increased the likelihood of nuclear war and that making humanity a multiplanetary species poses multiple catastrophic and existential threats to humanity.