After Contact: The Human Response To Extraterrestrial Life

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Basic Books, Oct 1, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 384 pages
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A realistic and down-to-earth assessment of the possibility of intelligent alien life.
 

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Contents

THE ENORMOUS CHALLENGE
2
SETI as an Interdisciplinary Effort
4
The Human Side of SETI
5
Human Reactions to Search Outcomes
6
Guessing the Number of Extraterrestrial Civilizations
9
Stars
10
Planets
11
Life
13
Conclusion
171
SUPRANATIONAL SYSTEMS
174
Supranational and Other Interstate Systems
175
Boundaries
177
MatterEnergy Processing
179
Information Processing
180
Information and Trade
181
Supranational Government
182

Intelligence
14
Longevity
17
Optimists and Pessimists
20
Justifying the Search
22
Improved SelfUnderstanding
23
Educational Benefits
25
Improved International Relations
26
Conclusion
27
LISTENING
30
Space Travel
32
Loopholes
36
Robot Probes
39
Microwave Observation
41
Defining the Search Space
43
Hits and Misses
45
Limitations of a Radio Search
49
Contact and Communication
52
Biological Factors
53
Social and Cultural Factors
55
Facilitating Communication
56
Mental Telepathy
58
Universal Languages
60
ComputerAided Translation
62
Conclusion
63
FALSE ALARMS
66
A Brief Overview of UFORelated Phenomena
67
Evidence
71
Photographs Movies and Videotapes
73
Artifacts and Traces
74
New Knowledge
75
Perceptual Factors
78
Memory Factors
80
Motivational Factors
82
Personality Factors
84
Cultural Factors
90
Conclusion
91
LIVING SYSTEMS
96
Points of Departure
101
Applicability of Science
102
Universal Theories of Behavior
104
Living Systems Subsystems
106
Living Systems
107
System Levels
108
Subsystems
110
Flows and Pathologies
112
Cyborgs and Artificial Intelligence
113
Research Strategies
115
Analysis of Samples
116
Simulations
118
Conclusion
120
ORGANISMS
122
MatterEnergy Processing
124
Metabolism and Aging
128
Motion and Motilily
129
Reproduction
130
Information Processing
132
Perception
133
Consciousness
135
Ubiquity of Intelligence
137
Dimensions of Intelligence
140
Intellectual Development
142
Conclusion
145
SOCIETIES
148
Culture
150
Universals
152
ET Cultures
157
Resource Bases
158
Energy Processing
162
Information Processing
164
Advanced Information Technology
165
DecisionMaking
166
Information Export and SETI
170
But Where Are They?
188
Would They Expand throughout the Galaxy?
189
Can We Conclude That There Is No Evidence?
193
Conclusion
194
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
198
Message Factors
200
Control of the Transmission
203
Elapsed Time
204
Inhibition and Guardedness
205
Dissemination of the News
207
Official Announcements
209
Media Accounts
211
Forming Impressions
214
Physical Appearance
217
Salience of Negative Information
219
Social Categorization
221
Political and Historical Contexts
222
Social Factors
223
Conclusion
224
INITIAL IMPACT
226
Precedents
228
Canals of Mars
230
The War of the Worlds
232
Quasars and Pulsars
234
UFOs and Alien Abductions
236
Appraising Threat
238
Problem Solving
241
Differences among People
245
Tolerance for Ambiguity
246
Repression and Sensitization
247
Emotional Stability
248
Locus of Control
249
Conclusion
250
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
252
Whos in Charge Here?
253
Bureaucratic Responses
259
Negotiation Strategies
261
ThreatBased Strategies
262
Economic Strategies
265
Integrative Strategies
266
Getting Started
268
Openness and Secrecy in Negotiations
270
CoverUp Theories
273
Conclusion
276
THE ROCKY ROAD TO UTOPIA
278
Helping Potential
281
Capacity
282
Motive
283
Human Receptivity
286
Human Consequences of Technological Change
289
Demographic Consequences
291
Economic Consequences
292
Political Consequences
295
Human Values and Spiritual Consequences
296
Conclusion
299
BETTING WITH THE OPTIMISTS
302
Prospects for SETI
304
The Likelihood of Contact
307
Understanding ET
308
Views of Organisms
310
Views of Societies
311
Views of Supranational Systems
312
Hedging Our Bets
313
Contact and Its Aftermath
314
LongTerm Consequences
316
Search without End?
318
Building Support for SETI
321
Conclusion
323
REFERENCES
326
INDEX
352
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