Solar eclipses: A pump of curiosity for early humans?

Graham Jones
The University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan


This paper has been accepted for publication in Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 367, 2021, and will appear in a revised form subject to input from the Journal’s editor. The Accepted Manuscript is archived on the Author’s personal webpage under the Green Open Access policy of the Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
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Abstract
The dramatic nature and irregular frequency of solar eclipses may have helped trigger the development of human curiosity. If the kind of solar eclipses we experience on Earth are rare within the Universe, human-like curiosity may also be rare.

Keywords
eclipses, astrobiology, extraterrestrial intelligence, Earth, Moon