Are We Alone?: Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life

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Basic Books, 1995 - Science - 160 pages
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Is life on earth a "cosmic joke"-- a unique, one-time occurrence? Or is life a "cosmic imperative"? Scientists and governments are vigorously searching for signs of life in the universe, but what would (and should) we do if they meet with success? Celebrate ? Panic?

Paul Davies ponders the many ramifications of contact with extraterrestrial life, giving the general reader the latest and most scientifically sound thinking on this hot topic in the field of astronomy. As fascinating and readable as any science fiction novel, "Are We Alone?" delves deep into profound ideas in mathematics and philosophy, taking the layperson on an interstellar journey through issues in quantum theory, mind and matter, consciousness and time. Readers will be glued to the page as they learn why Davies believes that "they're out there" -- and what that implies.

 

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Paul Davies is a professor of natural philosophy at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Mind of God, The Cosmic Blueprint, Superforce, and Are We Alone? He won the 1995 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for his contributions to religious thought and inquiry.

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