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The fallacious Doomsday Argument

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/9780198723547.003.0007
Subject:
Mathematics, Logic / Computer Science / Mathematical Philosophy

The fallacious Doomsday Argument has haunted philosophy and futurology since the 1990s. It is a statistical argument that purports to show, almost without empirical data, that human extinction is ... More


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


Emergent Chance

Alastair Wilson

in The Nature of Contingency: Quantum Physics as Modal Realism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198846215
eISBN:
9780191881374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846215.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter offers a theory of objective chance in the Everettian context, often seen as the main challenge facing EQM. By supplementing diverging EQM with quantum modal realist bridge principles ... More


Fermi's Paradox

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/9780199680207.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

One of the strongest arguments against the existence of intelligent civilizations within our own Galaxy is Fermi's ‘Where is everybody?’—or ‘If they existed they would be here’. Following Webb, this ... More


Robots and Space Ethics

Keith Abney

in Robot Ethics 2.0: From Autonomous Cars to Artificial Intelligence

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190652951
eISBN:
9780190652982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190652951.003.0023
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

As we begin our venture into space, issues with serious ethical implications deserve heightened scrutiny: among them are protection from space debris, hazardous asteroids, and other cosmic threats; ... More


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