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Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

George Basalla

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195171815
eISBN:
9780199786862
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This book records the long scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). Although philosophical speculation about alien civilizations dates to antiquity, the invention of the telescope ... More


 A Light in the Darkness: Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

in Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists versus God and Religion

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195310726
eISBN:
9780199785179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310726.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Carl Sagan is a public intellectual and the best-selling author of Cosmos, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human ... More


Mirror Worlds

George Basalla

in Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195171815
eISBN:
9780199786862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

SETI researchers portray intelligent alien life and civilization as mirror images of human life and modern industrial civilization. They assume that science, as we know it, is a universal form of ... More


Trio of Ideas

George Basalla

in Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195171815
eISBN:
9780199786862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Since ancient times, three key ideas have dominated the search for extraterrestrial civilizations (SETI): an infinite universe, life on distant planets in the universe, and advanced civilizations in ... More


Carl Sagan: Mars and Beyond

George Basalla

in Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195171815
eISBN:
9780199786862
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Carl Sagan advised NASA on the Viking mission that landed two spacecraft on Mars (1976). In 1970, he helped prepare interstellar messenger plaques attached to NASA’s Pioneer 10 and 11, the first ... More


A Contrarian Perspective on Altruism: The Dangers of First Contact 1

David Brin

in Pathological Altruism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199738571
eISBN:
9780199918669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738571.003.0175
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Modern Western society disavows the notion that many ideas are inherently dangerous or toxic, that people are easily misled, and that an elite should protect or guide gullible masses toward correct ... More


Extraterrestrial Life

Andrew Steane

in Science and Humanity: A Humane Philosophy of Science and Religion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198824589
eISBN:
9780191863370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824589.003.0016
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

An overheard (fictional) conversation between a terrestrial speaker and a representative alien from some other planet orbiting some other star. The conversation touches on moral and spiritual issues. ... More


Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

David Wilkinson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199680207
eISBN:
9780191760167
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

If the discovery of life elsewhere in the Universe is just around the corner, what would be the consequences for religion? Would it represent another major conflict between science and religion, even ... More


Be Not so Positive

David Wilkinson

in Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199680207
eISBN:
9780191760167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Taking as its title some advice from John Wesley on the question of the plurality of worlds, this concluding chapter brings together a number of themes from the book. First, it is suggested that SETI ... More


Fiasco

Peter Swirski

in Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781781381861
eISBN:
9781781382370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381861.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The chapter recapitulates and reflects on the literary and cognitive themes of Lem’s farewell novel Fiasco in the context of search for intelligent life in the universe and its implications for life ... More


Cinema, Cults, and Meteorites: Searching for Something More

David Wilkinson

in Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199680207
eISBN:
9780191760167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter reviews the way that the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence has been shaped by, and has shaped, science fiction, popular science journalism, and new religious movements. It ... More


Speculating about a Plurality of Worlds: The Historical Context of Science, Religion, and SETI

David Wilkinson

in Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199680207
eISBN:
9780191760167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.003.0003
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This chapter argues that SETI is not a recent phenomenon of the last fifty years, but rather that speculation about a plurality of worlds dates back over many centuries, From the Greek atomists ... More


Looking for a Needle in a Haystack: Current SETI Strategies

David Wilkinson

in Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199680207
eISBN:
9780191760167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.003.0007
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

The history of SETI programmes is explored, assessing the strategy and noting the problems. From Drake to SETI@home, this is an area which fascinates the public and raises expectations. Yet the ... More


Political Cosmologies

Nasser Zakariya

in A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226476124
eISBN:
9780226500737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226500737.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The resonance of the scientific epic as a historical synthetic genre made itself felt in the overt ways the epic represented and framed the activity of NASA. Also looming large in the early 1990s was ... More


Alien Phenomenology

Ian Bogost

in Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816678976
eISBN:
9781452948447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816678976.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter explores the concept of alien phenomenology. SETI’s (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) fundamental assumption states that if there is life in the universe, it ought to be able to ... More


One Step Short of Life

Karel Schrijver

in One of Ten Billion Earths: How we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198799894
eISBN:
9780191864865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198799894.003.0002
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics, History of Physics

This chapter briefly reviews some the challenges encountered in the search for extraterrestrial life. So far, no signs of extraterrestrial life have been found. The search started with radio ... More


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