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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


The Signature Of Life: Designing the Astrobiological Imagination

Stefan Helmreich, Sophia Roosth, and Michele Friedner

in Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164809
eISBN:
9781400873869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164809.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the project of astrobiology and its object, the “signature of life,” by drawing on the work of Hillel Schwartz, particularly his writing on time in Century's End, on duplication ... More


Conclusion

Andrew P. Ingersoll

in Planetary Climates

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691145044
eISBN:
9781400848232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691145044.003.0011
Subject:
Environmental Science, Climate

This concluding chapter discusses some of the lessons that can be learned from studying the planets and planetary climates. It first considers the general principles that turned out to be right; for ... More


Preparation for the Landing

Diana G. Tumminia

in When Prophecy Never Fails: Myth and Reality in a Flying-Saucer Group

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195176759
eISBN:
9780199835720
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195176758.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Unarius prepared for an extraterrestrial fleet of spaceships to land in 2001 as prophesied by Uriel. Contrary to the cult stereotype and the notion of mind-controlled members, interviews showed that ... 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


Kant in the Land of Extraterrestrials: Cosmopolitical Philosofictions

Peter Szendy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255498
eISBN:
9780823260942
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255498.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

“Yes, Kant did indeed speak of extraterrestrials.” This phrase could provide the opening for this brief treatise of philosofiction (as one speaks of science-fiction). With these aliens that Kant must ... More


Conclusion: We Are Not Alone

Jon Towlson

in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325079
eISBN:
9781800342194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter explains why Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) remains a singular science-fiction film. In the intervening years since the release of Close ... More


Introduction

Leon Mestel

in Stellar Magnetism: Second Edition

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199641741
eISBN:
9780191738609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641741.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

This introductory chapter begins with a review of the history of studies on extraterrestrial magnetism, solar phenomena, cosmical magnetic fields, and more. It then discusses stellar magnetic fields.


Music and transcendence

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music: Music is much more than just music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199695225
eISBN:
9780191729775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.003.0021
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Social Psychology

In accounts of strong experiences with music, the experience is sometimes described with words such as ‘magical’, ‘mysterious’, ‘supernatural’, or ‘extraterrestrial’. The narrator feels as if he/she ... 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


Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Kelly C. Smith and Carlos Mariscal (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190915650
eISBN:
9780197506066
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190915650.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This book focuses on the emerging scientific discipline of astrobiology, exploring the humanistic issues of this multidisciplinary field. To be sure, there are myriad scientific questions that ... More


The Hazardous Planet

Frank H. T. Rhodes

in Earth: A Tenant's Manual

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801478239
eISBN:
9780801466212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.003.0006
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

This chapter explores the natural hazards found on the planet Earth. These hazards range from the inconvenient to the catastrophic, and vary depending on which area of the planet proves conducive to ... 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


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


Close Encounters: Cultural Impact

Jon Towlson

in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325079
eISBN:
9781800342194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reflects on the cultural impact of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). During the filming of Close Encounters, a rumour spread that the film was being secretly ... More


Earth, Life, Space: The Social Construction of the Biosphere and the Expansion of the Concept into Outer Space

Linda Billings

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/9780190915650.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This chapter discusses how the scientific search for evidence of extraterrestrial life has affected people's conception of the terrestrial biosphere. Austrian geologist Eduard Suess originated the ... More


Rethinking Conceptual Intelligence and the Astrobiology Debate

Jason J. Howard

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/9780190915650.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Bioethics

This chapter addresses the implications of people’s understanding of conceptual intelligence on extraterrestrial debates in astrobiology. In presupposing life, and by extension conceptual ... More


The Roswell Incident

Robert Alan Goldberg

in Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300090000
eISBN:
9780300132946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300090000.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines conspiracy theories surrounding the Roswell UFO incident. Believers contend that a secret group within the federal government is covering up the evidence of extraterrestrial ... More


Jean-Claude Dunyach, Poet of the Flesh

Natacha Vas-Deyres

in Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from around the World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041754
eISBN:
9780252050428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041754.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Jean-Claude Dunyach, born in 1957, has published more than a hundred short stories in a career of over thirty years. He belongs to a generation of contemporary French science-fiction writers that ... More


Astrobiology

Johanna Laybourn-Parry, Tranter Martyn, and Hodson Andrew J.

in The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199583072
eISBN:
9780191774669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583072.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Aquatic Biology, Ecology

Organisms that live with ice are extremophiles, and are viewed as analogues for potential life on other planets and their moons in our solar system. Extraterrestrial cryospheric environments are ... More


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