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Lonely Minds in the Universe

Volume package: Copernicus

Genta, Giancarlo

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2007, XXV, 289 p.

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  • Addresses scientific and philosophical aspects of Extraterrestrial Intelligence
  • Reviews current science, and rebuffs pseudo-scientific assertions
  • Assesses the prospects for long-range space exploration, and the state of human hopes and fears

One of the most intriguing puzzles of human history - with deep implications for our understanding of the Universe and ourselves – is the possibility that humans are not alone in the Universe and might someday come into contact with other intelligences. This interdisciplinary book probes the subject, offering scientific and technological implications, discussing the philosophical and religious connotations and rebuffing pseudo-scientific assertions such as ‘rare earth’.

The book reviews current scientific understanding of the Universe that suggests that life is common, and extraterrestrial intelligent life is a possibility. But our search is limited mainly to radiotelescope observation, and the hope of intercepting and decoding the radio transmissions of other intelligent beings. The author discusses such philosophical questions as: What is intelligence? What is consciousness? Should we expect ETIs to be conscious beings?

At the heart of this book is an examination of the viability of future astronautics which would enable closer human contact with ETI than through radio messages taking thousands of years to reach their destination. The pos

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Alien - Astrobiology - Astronautics - Bioastronomy - Encounters - Evolution - Extraterrestrial - Extraterrestrial life - Life - SETI - Space - spaceflight

Related subjects » Astrobiology - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

The Historical and Philosophical Perspectives.- The Religious Perspective.- The Astrobiological Perspective.- The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.- Interlude: The Search for Extraterrestrial Stupidity.- The Possibility of Contact.

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