Extraterrestrials: A Philosophical Perspective

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2010 - Science - 102 pages
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The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, has attracted both praise and sharp criticism from the mainstream scientific community over the years. Extraterrestrials: A Philosophical Perspective explores the important philosophical issues that are at play in this discussion. AndrZ Kukla closely examines several of the prominent ideas surrounding the possibility of extraterrestrial life such as the vastness of the universe argument, the argument from mediocrity and the one world, one science argument while offering innovative theories of his own. Among other things, Kukla show uses Chomsky's account of language acquisition to explain why humans will never be able to communicate with extraterrestrials. Extraterrestrials offers a close and thorough treatment of extraterrestrial life that will intrigue a wide audience, especially those who are interested in the philosophy of science.
 

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Contents

On the Prospect of an Extraterrestrial Encounter
1
On the Pursuitworthiness of Extraterrestrial Studies
25
SETI Versus CETI
43
The One World One Science Argument
47
Innateness Linguistic Universals and Extraterrestrial Communication
63
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AndrZ Kukla is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Toronto.

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