The Contact Paradox by Keith Cooper audiobook

The Contact Paradox: Challenging our Assumptions in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

By Keith Cooper
Read by Matthew Waterson

Tantor Audio 9781472960429

The Bloomsbury Sigma Series: Book 49

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665200165

  • ISBN: 9781665200158

  • ISBN: 9781665200172

Runtime: 11.31 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Body, Mind & Spirit
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In 1974 a message was beamed towards the stars by the giant Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico, a brief blast of radio waves designed to alert extraterrestrial civilizations to our existence. Of course, we don't know if such civilizations really exist. But for the past six decades a small cadre of researchers have been on a quest to find out, as part of SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

However, the act of transmitting raises troubling questions about the process of contact. We look for qualities such as altruism and intelligence in extraterrestrial life, but what do these mean to humankind? Can we learn something about our own history when we explore what happens when two civilizations come into contact? Finally, do the answers tell us that it is safe to transmit, even though we know nothing about extraterrestrial life, or as Stephen Hawking argued, are we placing humanity in jeopardy by doing so?

In The Contact Paradox, author Keith Cooper looks at how far SETI has come since its modest beginnings, and where it is going, by speaking to the leading names in the field and beyond. SETI forces us to confront our nature in a way that we seldom have before—where did we come from, where are we going, and who are we in the cosmic context of things?

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Author Bio: Keith Cooper

Author Bio: Keith Cooper

Keith Cooper is the editor of Astronomy Now. He has held this role since 2006, and is also editor of the NASA-sponsored Astrobiology Magazine. Keith specializes in writing about astrophysics, planetary science, cosmology, and astrobiology, and he has written for New Scientist, Sky & Telescope, Physics World, Centauri Dreams, and the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Body, Mind & Spirit
Runtime: 11.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English