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The Resource Astrobiological Neurosystems : Rise and Fall of Intelligent Life Forms in the Universe

Astrobiological Neurosystems : Rise and Fall of Intelligent Life Forms in the Universe

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Astrobiological Neurosystems : Rise and Fall of Intelligent Life Forms in the Universe
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Astrobiological Neurosystems
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Rise and Fall of Intelligent Life Forms in the Universe
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eng
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This book explains why scientists believe that life may be more common in the Universe than previously considered possible. It presents the tools and strategies astronomers and astrobiologists are using in their formal search for habitable exoplanets as well as more advanced forms of life in other parts of our galaxy. The author then summarizes what is currently known about how and where organic molecules critical to our form of carbon-based life are manufactured. The core of the book explains (and presents educated guesses) how nervous systems evolved on Earth, how they work, and how they might work on other worlds. Combining his knowledge of neuroscience, computers, and astrobiology the author jumps into the discussion whether biological nervous systems are just the first step in the rise of intelligence in the Universe. The book ends with a description from both the psychologist's and the neuroscientist's viewpoints, exactly what it is about the fields of astrobiology and astronomy that "boggles the minds" of many amateur astronomers and interested non-scientists. This book stands out from other popular science books on astrobiology by making the point that "astro-neurobiologists" need to begin thinking about how alien nervous systems might work
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Astronomers' Universe
Astrobiological Neurosystems : Rise and Fall of Intelligent Life Forms in the Universe
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Astrobiological Neurosystems : Rise and Fall of Intelligent Life Forms in the Universe
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Contents
  • Preface -- Contents -- Chapter 1: Scientists Believe Intelligent Life May Be More Common in the Universe than Previously Considered Possible -- Stars and Planets Are Born Together in Collapse of Large Interstellar Gas and Dust Clouds -- Astronomers Suddenly Finding Potential Planetary Homes for Alien Life May Be Common in Universe -- Once Considered Complex and Fragile, Life Now Believed to Also Be Flexible and Resilient -- Chapter 2: When Will Mankind Achieve F̀̀irst Contact́́ with Extraterrestrial Life Forms -- What Kind of Telescope Could View Small Dim Exoplanets Located Close to Extremely Bright Stars -- Although Many ETs May Be À̀lień ́with Different Chemistries, Science Must Initially Search for Life Forms That Are Dependent... -- Looking for C̀̀hemicaĺ ́Rather than V̀̀isuaĺ ́Signs of Alien Life -- Strategies Astrobiologists Will Use to Search for Life on Other Worlds -- Scientists Find Evidence that the Chemical S̀̀tuff of Lifé ́May Be More Common in Universe than Previously Believed Possible -- Chapter 3: If Other Kinds of Nervous Systems Exist in the Universe, How Do We Locate and Identify Them? -- How Nervous Systems on Our Planet Facilitate Their Owneŕs Lives -- All Nervous Systems on Our Planet, in Spite of Looking Different from Each Other, Appear to Reflect a Single Origin or Be C̀̀u... -- Could Extraterrestrial Nervous Systems Be Radically Different from Each Other as Well as Function in Totally Different Ways? -- Chapter 4: Evolution of Intelligent Nervous Systems on Other Worlds in the Universe -- How Biological Evolution Works on Planet Earth -- Different Forms of Biological Evolution May Operate on Exoplanets with Different Environments -- Chapter 5: Are Biological Nervous Systems Just the First Step in the Rise of Intelligence in the Universe? -- From Biological Intelligence to Computing Machines
  • Merger of Computer Science and Brain Science Quickly Revealing How Nervous Systems Work -- Could Intelligent Machines Become C̀̀onsciouś ́and S̀̀elf-Replicatinǵ ́as Well as Capable of Some Form of S̀̀elf-Evolutioń ́-- Chapter 6: Just How Hostile Is Our Universe to the Development and Survival of Life Forms? -- Most Common External Threats to Evolution and Survival of Intelligent Life on Planets -- Common Internal Threats to Evolution and Survival of Intelligent Life on Planets -- Correlations Between Evolution of Intelligence and Rise of Technologies That Can Destroy Life -- Chapter 7: Some Final Thoughts from This À̀mateuŕ ́Astronomer on Mankindś Imminent Discovery that We Are Not Alone in the U... -- References and Further Suggested Readings -- Index
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