Saturday, August 08, 2009

A philosophical inquiry into SETI and extremophiles

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - What is the habitable zone for the nearby star GJ 784?
g Abodes - Quote of the Day: "In some worlds there is no Sun and Moon while in others they are larger than in our world and in others more numerous. In some parts there are more worlds, in others fewer; in some parts they are arising, in others failing. There are some worlds devoid of living creatures or plants or any moisture." – Democritus
g Cosmicus - Book alert: “The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: A Philosophical Inquiry” by David Lamb (Routledge) critically evaluates claims concerning the status of SETI as a genuine scientific research program and examines the attempts to establish contact with other intelligent life forms in the past thirty years. Are we alone in the universe? Is the search for extraterrestrial intelligence a waste of resources or a genuine contribution to scientific research? And how should we communicate with other lifeforms if we make contact?
g Learning - Here’s a neat Web site for science lovers: “Extremophiles: Can We Live without Them?” Just 50 years ago tiny microorganisms were found living in environments that would kill all other microorganisms. The site provides an introduction to extremophiles and their unique qualities.
g Aftermath - Visitors from other worlds – should any appear – would be enormously ahead of us from a technological viewpoint. The same is true for any aliens we might tune in with our SETI experiments. See article. Note: This article is from 2000.

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Tony said...

Read through that scifi aliens book in high school. It gave me a reading "to do list".

Rob Bignell said...

What did you think of Lamb's arguments about how we communicate should with other lifeforms if we make contact?