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Beyond Contact: A Guide to SETI and Communicating with Alien Civilizations

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2001

    Interesting Ideas

    Reading through this book, I was reminded of reading through an old book called 'Habitable Planets for Man' back when I was a kid. That book discussed theories of the chances of other planets in our galaxy being able to support humanoid life. While theories about the possibilities for intelligent life probably have changed since that book was written, the idea we are not alone has intrigued mankind since he first set foot on the earth and looked up at the stars. Now due to the success of a program called 'SETI@home,' where PC users can use their own PC's to analyze radio signals from outer space, this quest to find our extraterrestial brethren has taken on even more popularity. This book describes the SETI (Search For Extraterrestial Intelligence) project, its beginnings and current status, and then goes on to discuss theories on just how likely it is we will encounter civilizations like our own in deep space. It also describes the technologies used in this quest (radio signals, laser beams, signal processing) and how would we go about translating any 'communication' we might receive from an extraterrestial I think it would be preposterous to assume we are the only 'intelligent life form' in our galaxy, and especially other galaxies, but it may still be hundreds of years before we ever find out. This book offers many good theories and possibilities on the existence of extraterrestials, but also acknowledges the quandry of communication with them. There may indeed be others 'out there,' but unable to communicate back to us. This book is an interesting look on a subject that few of us really sit down and think long and hard about.

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