Solar eclipses: A pump of curiosity for early humans?

Graham Jones
The University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan


This paper has been published in Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union at https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743921321000284. The Accepted Manuscript is available below under the Journal’s Green Open Access policy.
© 2021. This work is licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.


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


Further reading
I wrote an article about the above paper for Astronomy: Did solar eclipses help kick-start human curiosity?