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Life, the Universe and Everything

Peter Coles

in From Cosmos to Chaos: The Science of Unpredictability

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198567622
eISBN:
9780191718250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567622.003.0010
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The universe is certainly contrived in such a way as to make life possible within it. The tantalising question that arises then is whether life exists on planets other than Earth. The astronomer ... More


Space colonization and the Fermi Paradox

Olle Häggström

in Here Be Dragons: Science, Technology and the Future of Humanity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198723547
eISBN:
9780191790331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723547.003.0009
Subject:
Mathematics, Logic / Computer Science / Mathematical Philosophy

Space colonization and the Fermi Paradox are two highly intertwined topics. Any long and prosperous future for humanity will be greatly multiplied if large-scale space colonization is possible. ... More


Where Is Everybody?

Nicholas Mee

in The Cosmic Mystery Tour

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780198831860
eISBN:
9780191869785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198831860.003.0026
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

With so many stars in the galaxy, it might be assumed there must be advanced alien civilizations out there somewhere, but Enrico Fermi pointed out that if this were the case we should have been ... 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


Science and Religion in Carl Sagan’s Contact

Christopher Douglas

in If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702112
eISBN:
9781501703539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702112.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses the account of Carl Sagan, who, unlike the New Atheists of recent years, sought middle ground in the struggle between science and religion. An astronomer by training and ... More


Speculations

Arlindo Oliveira

in The Digital Mind: How Science is Redefining Humanity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262036030
eISBN:
9780262338394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036030.003.0012
Subject:
Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence

This chapter, the last chapter in the book, presents some far-fetched ideas about the future of technology and the human species. It starts by discussing the concept of technological singularity, an ... 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


Three Lives and Astrobiology

Lucas Mix

in Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190915650
eISBN:
9780197506066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190915650.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This chapter explores the concept of life across traditions, from science to philosophy to theology. The term “life” covers at least three constellations of meaning or life-concepts: biological life, ... More


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