Are We Alone?: Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life

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INDEX
Aborigines, Australian 86
accident hypothesis 21
and alien messages 55-57
and consciousness 106-7
and duplicate beings 146
and extraterrestrial microbes 26-33
acids, see amino acids; nucleic acids
Adamski, George134
Agassiz, Louis75-76
age
of Earth 33, 67
of universe 62
amino acids 13, 27
ancient world 1-4, 131, 137
angels 131-36
announcement of alien contacts 39-40
anthropic principle 48, 61-66, 115, 118, 137, 147
ants 90
apes 84
Apollo space programme 17
Arecibo, Puerto Rico; radio telescope 14, 56
Argument by Design 74
arguments against existence of alien beings 61-87
absence of alien visitors 66-73
anthropic principle 61-66
neo-Darwinian contingency argument 73-87
Aristotle2, 5
Arrhenius, Svante20
artefacts, alien 42
ascension into sky by humans 133
astrophysics 127
atomism 1-4
Australia; Aborigines 86
autocatalytic cycle 79
Barnes, Ernest William44-45, 50
Barrow, John65
beacons 40-42, 142
Bell, Jocelyn16
Bentley, Richard7-8
Bergson, Henri75
Bible; UFO-type stories 133
big bang 105, 116, 118
biology, molecular 12
birds 84
Blair, David141, 143-44

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • There Are Many Worlds vii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • Chapter 1 - A Brief History of Seti 1
  • Chapter 2 - Extraterrestrial Microbes 21
  • Chapter 3 - Alien Message 39
  • Chapter 4 - Against Aliens 61
  • Chapter 5 - The Nature of Consciousness 89
  • Chapter 6 - Alien Contact and Religious Experience 131
  • Appendix 1 - Project Phoenix 139
  • Appendix 2 - The Argument for Duplicate Beings 145
  • Bibliography 151
  • Index 153
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