By John Traphagan
The look for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) represents some of the most major crossroads at which the assumptions and techniques of medical inquiry come into direct touch with—and in lots of situations clash with—those of faith. certainly, on the center of SETI is similar query that motivates many drawn to faith: what's the position of humanity within the universe? either scientists concerned with SETI (and in different components) and people drawn to and devoted to a few spiritual traditions are engaged in considering some of these questions, no matter if their respective techniques and solutions range considerably. This e-book explores this intersection with a spotlight on 3 middle issues: 1) the connection among technological know-how and faith because it is expressed in the framework of SETI study, 2) the underlying assumptions, lots of that are tacitly established upon cultural values universal in American society, that experience formed the ways that SETI researchers have conceptualized the character in their pastime and represented principles in regards to the power impact touch may need on human civilization, and three) what kind of empirical facts we would be ready to entry as a fashion of puzzling over the social effect that touch with alien intelligence may have for humanity, from either spiritual and cultural views. The ebook built due to a path the writer teaches on the college of Texas at Austin: faith, technology, and the hunt for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
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