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Are We Alone?: Philosophical Implications of…

Are We Alone?: Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of… (1995)

by Paul Davies

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Davies presents a good survey of the science, theology and philosophy involved in considering the question, "are we alone in the universe."

And there is all sorts of value in exploring, with rockets and radios, to answer the question. Even when our results are unclear, the tools and techniques we created extend our capabilities. ( )
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The question of whether or not mankind is alone in the universe is one of the oldest problems of philosophy, and has deep implications for our world view.
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Uno dei più grandi studiosi della scienza viventi si pone un quesito paradossale e suggestivo: quanto e in che cosa cambierebbero il nostro modo di pensare, la scienza, la filosofia, la religione, se scoprissimo anche un solo microbo di provenienza sicuramente extraterrestre?
Paul C.W. Davies (1946) ha insegnato a Cambridge, Londra, Newcastle upon Tyne, Adelaide (Australia) ed è attualmente Visiting Professor nell'Imperial College London. Ha pubblicato per i nostri tipi Spazio e tempo nell'universo moderno (19833) e un saggio nel volume Immagini e metafore della scienza (a cura di L. Preta, 19932).
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The authentic discovery of extraterrestrial life would usher in a scientific revolution on par with Copernicus or Darwin, says Paul Davies. Just as these ideas sparked religious and philosophical controversy when they were first offered, so would proof of life arising away from Earth. With this brief book (160 pages, including two appendices and an index), Davies tries to get ahead of the curve and begin to sort out the metaphysical mess before it happens. Many science fiction writers have preceded him, of course, but here the matter is plainly put. This is a very good introduction to a compelling subject.

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Considers what the discovery of extraterrestrial life would mean for science, religion, and beliefs about mankind.

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