Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Human Imagination: SETI at the Intersection of Science, Religion, and Culture (Space and Society)

Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Human Imagination: SETI at the Intersection of Science, Religion, and Culture (Space and Society)


the quest for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) represents probably the most major crossroads at which the assumptions and techniques of clinical inquiry come into direct touch with―and in lots of situations clash with―those of faith. certainly, on the middle of SETI is identical query that motivates many attracted to faith: what's the position of humanity within the universe? either scientists concerned with SETI (and in different parts) and people drawn to and devoted to a few spiritual traditions are engaged in considering a majority of these questions, whether their respective techniques and solutions fluctuate considerably. This booklet explores this intersection with a spotlight on 3 center issues: 1) the connection among technology and faith because it is expressed in the framework of SETI examine, 2) the underlying assumptions, lots of that are tacitly dependent upon cultural values universal in American society, that experience formed the ways that SETI researchers have conceptualized the character in their recreation and represented principles concerning the capability impact touch may need on human civilization, and three) what kind of empirical facts we'd be capable to entry as a fashion of pondering the social effect that touch with alien intelligence may have for humanity, from either non secular and cultural views. The ebook  built because of a path the writer teaches on the college of Texas at Austin: faith, technological know-how, and the hunt for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

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