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How Will the Emerging Plurality of Lives Change How We Conceive of and Relate to Life?

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Department of Philosophy, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
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Department of Biology, Lund University, 223 62 Lund, Sweden
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Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Department of Anthropology, Durham University, DH1 3LE Durham, UK
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Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Department of Law, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Department of Political Science, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Medical Ethics, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University, 211 19 Malmö, Sweden
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Department of Chemistry, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
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Challenges 2019, 10(1), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe10010032
Received: 15 April 2019 / Revised: 4 June 2019 / Accepted: 5 June 2019 / Published: 18 June 2019
The project “A Plurality of Lives” was funded and hosted by the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University, Sweden. The aim of the project was to better understand how a second origin of life, either in the form of a discovery of extraterrestrial life, life developed in a laboratory, or machines equipped with abilities previously only ascribed to living beings, will change how we understand and relate to life. Because of the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the project aim, the project took an interdisciplinary approach with a research group made up of 12 senior researchers representing 12 different disciplines. The project resulted in a joint volume, an international symposium, several new projects, and a network of researchers in the field, all continuing to communicate about and advance the aim of the project. View Full-Text
Keywords: Life; definition of life; extraterrestrial life; synthetic life; artificial intelligence Life; definition of life; extraterrestrial life; synthetic life; artificial intelligence
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Persson, E.; Abbott, J.; Balkenius, C.; Cabak Redei, A.; Čápová, K.A.; Dravins, D.; Dunér, D.; Gunneflo, M.; Hedlund, M.; Johansson, M.; Melin, A.; Persson, P. How Will the Emerging Plurality of Lives Change How We Conceive of and Relate to Life? Challenges 2019, 10, 32.

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