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  • Hardcover
  • 241
  • The Eerie Silence
  • Paul Davies
  • English
  • 09 October 2018
  • 9780547133249

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The Eerie Silence

The Eerie Silence review ´ 100 The leading physicist astrobiologist Paul Davies is that we’ve been looking in the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong way Davies should know For than three decades he's been closely involved with SETI now chairs its Post Detection Taskgroup charged with deciding what to do if we’re confronted with evidence of alien intelligence In this extraordinary book he shows how SETI has lost its edge offers a new exciting road map for the future Davies believes ou. I had to edit this review to put in this commentI think it s important to note that both Paul Davies and Stuart Kauffman seem to be laboring under the idea that if life is emergent or has a predetermined plan to unfold then it s in the realm of religion or dualism If something is predetermined then it s not physical But it is We can change our ideas about the blueprint for life and for anything else that emerges without having to worry about religion or dualism Those things don t belong in science There is some really important work in this book and in the later books of both Davies and Kauffman but you are going to have to ignore their concerns about emergence and simply accept it like the next generation of scientists will You are going to have to accept that they grew up in a time where if you suggested there was anything predetermined that meant god or something nonphysical Let those ideas die and let s move on and just do science whether it shows a predetermination or not ReviewIf there is no signal from alien life why even search This is an actual concern for policy makers who fund projects like SETI The first answer from Davies is Logic How many signals could we have missed With our limited toolset in 2010 no less our limited time residing on this planet in the whole history of the universe it seems very reasonable that we might not be in an optimal position to detect a signal That doesn t mean we should stop trying He gives all the standard arguments about why we should fund SETI and keep looking First Life research will certainly go a long way to helping this cause It is interesting to read this 2010 book in light of my current knowledge about his work with Sara Imari Walker and others in trying to define and synthesize life so that humans can keep searching for it on other planets His definitions of life are not as detailed as what you will find in his textbook with Imari Walker titled From Matter to Life but this 2010 discussion is still food for thoughtI really could have done without Chapter Nine in which he spent way too much time trying to win over the religious folks I realize how many people still subscribe to magical thinking while actively thinking scientific fact is too absurd to believe and realize some of those people have power to make policy So I get why it s important to discuss it But I am so tired of being anchored to that outdated concept that only serves to pull our focus away from continuing to gather facts and progress Davies went all in and tried to introduce the religiously interested to Swedenborg One of my best friends grew up in the New Church complete with its own little Swedenborg only community It s progressive than Catholicism but it s still severe in its magical thinking I just don t want any of my head space taken up by this nonsense Though I did enjoy his discussion of whether Frank Drake s euation is really a religionDavies is concerned that since we don t know what is out there should we so thoughtlessly keep sending out signals I am in the camp that wants to keep sending out signals but I really do understand how that could get us all killed if there is advanced life out there Davies argument about how life might be ethically advanced was worrisome to me He thinks being advanced might mean having GMO d the evil out of people to prevent them from being criminals That is so short sighted and ignores the social situations on Earth that marginalize entire groups of people and then targets them and put them in jail for the same crimes committed by non marginalized people who get away with it It s our justice system that needs fixing not people s genes There might be some rarer cases of genetic determinism but it s not the rule and it was a dangerous thing to imply Overall this is a worthwhile book that it might appear because he is really working toward something extremely important namely updating our idea of what life is and fitting it into the frame work of not only biology but in physics where it surely belongs Only when physicists join the discussion of What is Life can we really understand life on our planet as well as what life in general on any planet or anywhere in the universe means

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The Eerie Silence review ´ 100 R search so far has been overly anthropocentric we tend to assume an alien species will look think behave like us He argues that we need to be far expansive in our efforts in this book he completely redefines the search challenging existing ideas of what form an alien intelligence might take how it might try to communicate with us how we should respond if it does A provocative mind expanding journey The Eerie Silence will thrill fans of science science fiction alik. Paul Davies is an astrobiologist who at the time of this book at least was the chair of SETI s Post Detection Taskgroup so if you re interested in the uestion of Are we alone this book offers a number of uniue and necessary insightsFor most of the book Davies carefully avoids offering his opinion on whether or not there is other intelligent life in the universe giving instead numerous possibilities of what non Terrestrial life might look like or why it might not even be there He goes back and forth between optimistic and pessimistic about the chances of life existing elsewhere but one thing he says for certain is that if intelligent life does exist out there SETI currently is very unlikely to find signs of itOne of the big uestions he says comes down to whether life is common in the universe or life is rare in the universe and with our sample size of 1 we have no way of really answering that uestion yet But he does put forth various reasons why he believes it is either very common or very rare he does not believe there is a middle ground in this case He suggests that if the genesis of life is common it may well have happened than once here on Earth an idea that never occurred to me before and that studying our own planet may determine whether or not SETI is worth itSPOILERS if you want to know what position he ends up taking at the end of the bookview spoilerHe waits until the final pages to say it but he comes out saying that in many ways SETI and the belief in extraterrestrial life is uasi religious and fulfills the same role in a lot of people s lives that religion fills in others happy to see my own opinion echoed finally Paul Davies the Scientist believes that there probably is not intelligent life in the universe other than us but Paul Davies the Human Being really wants there to be Which I think if we re honest about our feelings and about the evidence we have is the position many people would take hide spoiler

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The Eerie Silence review ´ 100 50 years ago a young astronomer named Frank Drake pointed a radio telescope at nearby stars in the hope of picking up a signal from an alien civilization Thus began one of the boldest scientific projects in history the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence SETI But after a half century of scanning the skies astronomers have little to report but an eerie silence eerie because many scientists are convinced that the universe is teeming with life The problem argues. Paul Davies does a really good job here of illustrating the issues of SETI s lack of success and Fermi s Paradox He goes into the science and philosophy of it in depth explaining all the terms and generally making it crystal clear What amazes me is that he s still somewhat optimistic about finding intelligent life elsewhere in the universe given all the things he says in this book I m now almost completely sure that even if intelligent life has arisen elsewhere and that s still a big if that we ll have trouble finding it because of the issue of the sheer amount of time and space involvedNot that I don t think the search is worth doing Even if we ll never manage to communicate with intelligent life elsewhere in the universe we might find signs of it and understand about how life begins There s so much we can learn along the way and maybe the idea that we may not be uniue will keep us a little bit humbleOr not