The Eerie Silence

The Eerie Silence

Renewing Our Search For Alien Intelligence

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In this mind-expanding book, Paul Davies, astrobiologist and chairman of the SETI Post-Detection Taskgroup and, refocuses the search, challenging existing ideas of what form an alien intelligence might take, how it might try to communicate with us, and how we should respond if it does.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780547133249
0547133243
Characteristics: xiii, 241 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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SeattleSaul
Apr 04, 2018

On the surface, this book addresses SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, but also delves into how and what life is on the Earth, the history of SETI, the future of man, and the possible repercussions of finding an “ET” in the universe. But the book covers too much territory and time-span. It is evident that Davies knows many things, some of which I question the accuracy of (e.g., are there 400 or 200 billion stars in our galaxy) but also not important to his points. At times I felt talked-down to, and at other times he makes assumptions of the reader knowing perhaps more (e.g., he uses the term “light year,” which most readers would know, but only later on does he define it for those who don’t). Davies states that he does not think that we’ll find intelligent life in the visible universe, an astonishing admission by someone who works on it, but that SETI is nevertheless a worthwhile human endeavor because it advances science.
Read this if you are looking for a grand overview of life on Earth and possibly finding the presence of life elsewhere, but at the end, you may feel as I do: “I’m glad that’s over with.”

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blackiehaines
Feb 18, 2015

Occasionally, those of us who participate in SETI at Home (http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/) wonder, I'm sure, if the search will ever be successful. This book does a thorough job of talking all about the Search.

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naturalist
Oct 13, 2014

Paul Davies: twenty-fifth recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, which he received on May 3, 1995.

KCLSRecommends Oct 13, 2014

After a half-century of scanning the skies for signals produced by an alien civilization, we have discovered almost nothing. In this mind-expanding book, astrobiologist Paul Davies refocuses the search, challenging existing ideas of what form an alien intelligence might take, how it might try to communicate with us, and how we should respond if it does.

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