The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence

Paul Davies

One of the world’s top scientists explains why—and how—the look for clever existence past Earth could be expanded.


Fifty years in the past, a tender astronomer named Frank Drake first pointed a radio telescope at close by stars within the wish of making a choice on up a sign from an alien civilization. hence started one of many boldest clinical tasks in heritage, the hunt for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). After a half-century of scanning the skies, in spite of the fact that, astronomers have little to document yet an eerie silence—eerie simply because many scientists are confident that the universe is teeming with existence. Physicist and astrobiologist Paul Davies has been heavily concerned with SETI for 3 many years and chairs the SETI Post-Detection Taskgroup, charged with determining what to do if we’re unexpectedly faced with proof of alien intelligence. He believes the hunt to this point has fallen into an anthropocentric trap—assuming that an alien species will glance, imagine, and behave very like us. during this provocative publication Davies refocuses the quest, difficult present rules of what shape an alien intelligence may possibly take, the way it may perhaps attempt to speak with us, and the way we must always reply if it does.

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