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Civilized Life in the Universe: Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials

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This book is a selective and fascinating history of scientific speculation about intelligent extraterrestrial life. From Plutarch to Stephen Hawking, some of the most prominent western scientists have had quite detailed perceptions and misperceptions about alien civilizations: Johannes Kepler, fresh from transforming astronomy with his work on the shape of planetary orbits ...more
Hardcover, 233 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 19th 2005)
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John Carter McKnight
Apr 13, 2012 John Carter McKnight rated it liked it
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A short potted history of astronomy and speculation about extraterrestrial life, with a social science critique of the technological determinism of SETI.

It's not likely to be anybody's first history of astronomy: while deftly done, the recap doesn't add anything new. The critique is good but fairly superficial. I'd rather read the book where he takes each element of his objections, from notions of "progress" to technological determinism, and really nails them to the wall instead of just tossing
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Aug 28, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it
Any would-be sci fi writer needs to read this. and anyone who has formed an opinion on alien intelligence should read it as well but they probably won't
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