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 the most major crossroads at which the assumptions and strategies of medical inquiry come into direct touch with―and in lots of situations clash with―those of faith. certainly, on the middle of SETI is similar query that motivates many drawn 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 lot of these questions, whether their respective techniques and solutions range considerably. This ebook 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 learn, 2) the underlying assumptions, a lot of that are tacitly established upon cultural values universal in American society, that experience formed the ways that SETI researchers have conceptualized the character in their pastime and represented principles concerning the capability impression touch may have on human civilization, and three) what kind of empirical proof we would be capable of entry as a manner of puzzling over the social influence that touch with alien intelligence may need for humanity, from either non secular and cultural views. The booklet  constructed because of a path the writer teaches on the collage of Texas at Austin: faith, technological know-how, and the quest for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

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