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Contact with Alien Civilizations

Our Hopes And Fears About Encountering Extraterrestrials

By Michael A. G. Michaud

This book describes a wide variety of speculations by many authors about the consequences for humanity of coming into contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. The assumptions underlying those speculations are examined, and some conclusions are drawn. The book emphasizes the consequences of contact rather than the search, and takes account of popular views. As necessary background, the book also includes brief summaries of the history of thinking about extraterrestrial intelligence, searches for life and for signals, contrasting paradigms of how contact might take place, and the paradox that those paradigms allegedly create.

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Format: Book
Author: Michaud, Michael A. G.
Title: Contact with alien civilizations : our hopes and fears about encountering extraterrestrials / Michael A.G. Michaud.
Publisher Date: New York : Springer, c2007.
Subject: Human-alien encounters Life on other planets
Isbn: 9780387285986 (hbk.) 0387285989 (hbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Michaud, Michael A. G.
Title: Contact with alien civilizations : our hopes and fears about encountering extraterrestrials / Michael A.G. Michaud.
Publisher, Date: New York : Springer, c2007.
Description: xiii, 460 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Human-alien encounters
Subjects: Life on other planets
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 378-449) and index.
Contents: A belief in other minds -- A new era -- Searching for intelligence -- Sending our own signals -- Probabilities -- Probabilities : the astronomical factors -- Probabilities : life -- Probabilities : intelligence -- Probabilities : civilization, technology, and science -- Probabilities : longevity -- The Drake equation, take two -- Should we continue the search? -- Direct contact -- The UFO controversy -- The Drake equation, take three -- Why don't we see them? -- Reformulating the problem -- Thinking outside the box -- SETI and religion -- The consequences of contact -- Hopes -- Fears -- Dangers -- Mixed emotions --Some assumptions examined -- Before contact -- Assumptions : after contact -- The Drake equation, take four -- What is missing -- Some conclusions drawn -- Paradigm shifts -- The human role -- Annex : preparing.
LCCN: 2006923105
ISBN: 9780387285986 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0387285989 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 999 Mic