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Extraterrestrials : science and alien intelligence

Author: Edward Regis
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
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With current interest in extraterrestrials at a peak, this book is a collection of original and reprinted articles advancing the latest scientific ideas as to the possible existence and nature of extraterrestrial intelligent life. Usually this subject is treated only in popular media, such as science fiction novels, movies, and television. Recently, however, scientists and researchers have begun to consider in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Regis
ISBN: 0521262275 9780521262279
OCLC Number: 11290252
Description: x, 278 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Overview --
Extraterrestrial intelligent life / Lewis White Beck --
Existence and nature of extraterrestrial intelligence --
Probability of extraterrestrial intelligent life / Ernst Mayr --
ETI without intelligence / David M. Raup --
Is rape wrong on Andromeda? An introduction to extraterrestrial evolution, science, and morality / Michael Ruse --
Extraterrestrial epistemology --
Extraterrestrial science / Nicholas Rescher --
Why intelligent aliens will be intelligible / Marvin Minsky --
Where are they? --
Extraterrestrial intelligent beings do not exist / Frank J. Tipler --
Solipsist approach to extraterrestrial intelligence / Carl Sagan & William I. Newman --
Detectability and decipherability --
Searching for extraterrestrials / Jill Tarter --
Extraterrestrial communication: a cryptologic perspective / Cipher A. Deavours --
Excerpts from LINCOS: Design of a language for cosmic intercourse / Hans Freudenthal --
Meaning and consequences of contact --
SETI debunked / Edward Regis --
Martians and morals: How to treat an alien / Jan Narveson --
R.S.V.P. - A story / Robert Nozick.
Responsibility: edited by Edward Regis, Jr.
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With current interest in extraterrestrials at a peak, this book is a collection of original and reprinted articles advancing the latest scientific ideas as to the possible existence and nature of extraterrestrial intelligent life. Usually this subject is treated only in popular media, such as science fiction novels, movies, and television. Recently, however, scientists and researchers have begun to consider in earnest whether extraterrestrials really exist, whether they have evolved from simpler forms of life, whether they have evolved intelligence, and if so whether their modes of understanding the world are comparable to and congruent with our own. The contributors to this volume cover these topics, and also consider how we might communicate with aliens, and whether we would be able to understand the alien messages we might receive. Finally the authors, who include distinguished scientists, speculate whether the aliens might have a moral code, and what might be our moral obligations in the event any extraterrestrials were ever discovered. ... Publisher description.

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