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The Resource If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody? : Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life

If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody? : Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life

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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody? : Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody?
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Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
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  • Given the fact that there are perhaps 400 billion stars in our Galaxy alone, and perhaps 400 billion galaxies in the Universe, it stands to reason that somewhere out there, in the 14-billion-year-old cosmos, there is or once was a civilization at least as advanced as our own. The sheer enormity of the numbers almost demands that we accept the truth of this hypothesis. Why, then, have we encountered no evidence, no messages, no artifacts of these extraterrestrials? In this second, significantly revised and expanded edition of his widely popular book, Webb discusses in detail the (for now!) 75 most cogent and intriguing solutions to Fermi's famous paradox: If the numbers strongly point to the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations, why have we found no evidence of them? Reviews from the first edition: "Amidst the plethora of books that treat the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence, this one by Webb {u2026} is outstanding. {u2026} Each solution is presented in a very logical, interesting, thorough manner with accompanying explanations and notes that the intelligent layperson can understand. Webb digs into the issues {u2026} by considering a very broad set of in-depth solutions that he addresses through an interesting and challenging mode of presentation that stretches the mind. {u2026} An excellent book for anyone who has ever asked 'Are we alone?'." (W. E. Howard III, Choice, March, 2003) "Fifty ideas are presented {u2026} that reveal a clearly reasoned examination of what is known as 'The Fermi Paradox'. {u2026} For anyone who enjoys a good detective story, or using their thinking faculties and stretching the imagination to the limits {u2026} 'Where is everybody' will be enormously informative and entertaining. {u2026} Read this book, and whatever your views are about life elsewhere in the Universe, your appreciation for how special life is here on Earth will be enhanced! A worthy
  • addition to any personal library." (Philip Bridle, BBC Radio, March, 2003) Since gaining a BSc in physics from the University of Bristol and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, Stephen Webb has worked in a variety of universities in the UK. He is a regular contributor to the Yearbook of Astronomy series and has published an undergraduate textbook on distance determination in astronomy and cosmology as well as several popular science books. His interest in the Fermi paradox combines lifelong interests in both science and science fiction
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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody? : Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
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  • Foreword -- Preface to the Second Edition -- Preface to the First Edition -- Contents -- Chapter 1 Where Is Everybody? -- Chapter 2 Of Fermi and Paradox -- The Physicist Enrico Fermi -- Paradox -- A Few Logical Paradoxes -- A Few Scientific Paradoxes -- The Fermi Paradox -- Chapter 3 They Are (or Were) Here -- Solution 1 They Are Here and They Call Themselves Hungarians -- Solution 2 They Are Here and They Call Themselves Politicians -- Solution 3 They Are Throwing Stones at Radivoje Lajic -- Solution 4 They Are Watching Us from UFOs -- Solution 5 They Were Here and Left Evidence of Their Presence -- Earth -- Moon -- Earth-Moon Lagrangian Points -- Mars -- Asteroids -- Outer Solar System -- Back to Earth -- Solution 6 They Exist and They Are Us--We Are All Aliens! -- Solution 7 The Zoo Scenario -- Solution 8 The Interdict Scenario -- Solution 9 The Planetarium Hypothesis -- Solution 10 God Exists -- Chapter 4 They Exist, But We Have Yet to See or Hear from Them -- Solution 11 The Stars Are Far Away -- Rockets -- Fusion Ramjets -- Laser Sails -- Gravity Assists -- Fancy Physics -- Tachyons -- Wormholes and Warp Drives -- Zero-Point Energy -- Solution 12 They Have Not Had Time to Reach Us -- Solution 13 A Percolation Theory Approach -- Solution 14 Wait a Moment -- Solution 15 The Light Cage Limit -- Solution 16 They Change Their Mind -- Solution 17 We Are Solar Chauvinists -- Solution 18 Aliens Are Green -- Solution 19 They Stay at Home{u2026} -- Solution 20 {u2026}and Surf the Net -- Solution 21 Against the Empire -- Solution 22 Bracewell-von Neumann Probes -- Solution 23 Information Panspermia -- Solution 24 Berserkers -- Solution 25 They Are Signaling but We Don't Know How to Listen -- Electromagnetic Signals -- Particle Signals -- Gravitational Signals -- Tachyon Signals
  • Solution 26 They Are Signaling but We Don't Know at Which Frequency to Listen -- Solution 27 They Are Signaling but We Don't Know Where to Look -- Solution 28 The Signal is Already There in the Data -- Solution 29 We Haven't Listened Long Enough -- Solution 30 They Are Signaling but We Aren't Receiving -- Solution 31 Everyone is Listening, No One is Transmitting -- Solution 32 They Have No Desire to Communicate -- Solution 33 They Develop a Different Mathematics -- Solution 34 They Are Calling but We Don't Recognize the Signal -- Solution 35 Message in a Bottle -- Solution 36 Oops{u2026} Apocalypse! -- Particle Physics--A Dangerous Discipline? -- Macro-Engineering Goes Awry -- The Gray Goo Problem -- Solution 37 Ouch{u2026} Apocalypse! -- Solution 38 Heat Wave -- Solution 39 Apocalypse When? -- Solution 40 Cloudy Skies Are Common -- Solution 41 As Good as it Gets -- Solution 42 They Are Distance Learners -- Solution 43 They Are Somewhere but the Universe is Stranger Than We Imagine -- Solution 44 Intelligence Isn't Permanent -- Solution 45 We Live in a Postbiological Universe -- Solution 46 They Are Hanging Out Around Black Holes -- Solution 47 They Hit the Singularity -- Solution 48 The Transcension Hypothesis -- Solution 49 The Migration Hypothesis -- Solution 50 Infinitely Many Civilizations Exist but Only One Within Our Particle Horizon: Us -- Chapter 5 They Don't Exist -- Solution 51 The Universe is Here for Us -- Solution 52 The Canonical Artefact -- Solution 53 Life Can Have Emerged Only Recently -- Solution 54 Planetary Systems Are Rare -- Solution 55 Rocky Planets Are Rare -- Solution 56 A Water Based Solution -- Solution 57 Continuously Habitable Zones Are Narrow -- Solution 58 Earth is the First -- Solution 59 Earth has an Optimal P̀̀ump of Evolution'' -- Solution 60 The Galaxy is a Dangerous Place -- Supernovae -- Gamma-Ray Bursts
  • Solution 61 A Planetary System is a Dangerous Place -- Snowball Earth -- Super-Volcanoes -- Mass Extinctions -- Extinctions and the Fermi Paradox -- The Holocene Extinction -- Solution 62 Earth's System of Plate Tectonics is Unique -- Solution 63 The Moon is Unique -- Solution 64 Life's Genesis is Rare -- What is Life? -- How Did Life Begin? -- Nucleic Acids -- Proteins -- How did the Ingredients of Life Arise? -- When did Life Arise on Earth? -- Finding Life on Other Worlds -- Solution 65 Life's Genesis is Rare (Revisited) -- Solution 66 Goldilocks Twins are Rare -- Solution 67 The Prokaryote-Eukaryote Transition is Rare -- Differences Between Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells -- Multicellular Organisms -- Energy Considerations -- Solution 68 Toolmaking Species are Rare -- Solution 69 High Technology is not Inevitable -- Solution 70 Intelligence at the Human Level is Rare -- What is Intelligence, Anyway? -- How Likely is it That Human-Like Levels of Intelligence will Evolve? -- Solution 71 Language is Unique to Humans -- Solution 72 Science is Not Inevitable -- Solution 73 Consciousness is Not Inevitable -- Solution 74 Gaia, God or Goldilocks? -- Chapter 6 Conclusion -- Solution 75 The Fermi Paradox Resolved{u2026} -- Notes -- Where Is Everybody? -- The Physicist Enrico Fermi -- Paradox -- The Fermi Paradox -- They Are Here and They Call Themselves Hungarians -- They Are Here and They Call Themselves Politicians -- They Are Throwing Stones at Radivoje Lajic -- They Are Watching Us from UFOs -- They Were Here and Left Evidence of Their Presence -- They Exist and They Are Us-We Are All Aliens! -- The Zoo Scenario -- The Interdict Scenario -- The Planetarium Hypothesis -- God Exists -- They Exist, But We Have Yet To See or Hear from Them -- The Stars Are Far Away -- They Have Not Had Time to Reach Us -- A Percolation Theory Approach -- Wait a Moment
  • The Light Cage Limit -- They Change Their Mind -- We Are Solar Chauvinists -- Aliens Are Green -- They Stay at Home{u2026} -- {u2026} And Surf the Net -- Against the Empire -- Bracewell--von Neumann Probes -- Information Panspermia -- Berserkers -- They Are Signaling but We Don't Know How to Listen -- They Are Signaling but We Don't Know at Which Frequency to Listen -- They Are Signaling But We Don't Know Where to Look -- The Signal Is Already There in the Data -- We Haven't Listened Long Enough -- They Are Signaling but We Aren't Receiving -- Everyone Is Listening, No One Is Transmitting -- They Have No Desire to Communicate -- They Develop a Different Mathematics -- They Are Calling but We Don't Recognize the Signal -- Message in a Bottle -- Oops{u2026}Apocalypse! -- Ouch{u2026}Apocalypse! -- Heat Wave -- Apocalypse When? -- Cloudy Skies Are Common -- As Good As It Gets -- They Are Distance Learners -- They Are Somewhere but the Universe is Stranger Than We Imagine -- Intelligence Isn't Permanent -- We Live in a Postbiological Universe -- They Are Hanging Out Around Black Holes -- They Hit the Singularity -- The Transcension Hypothesis -- The Migration Hypothesis -- Infinitely Many Civilizations Exist but Only One Within Our Particle Horizon: Us -- They Don't Exist -- The Universe Is Here for Us -- The Canonical Artefact -- Life Can Have Emerged Only Recently -- Planetary Systems Are Rare -- Rocky Planets Are Rare -- A Water Based Solution -- Continuously Habitable Zones Are Narrow -- Earth is the First -- Earth has an Optimal P̀̀ump of Evolution'' -- The Galaxy is a Dangerous Place -- A Planetary System is a Dangerous Place -- Earth's System of Plate Tectonics is Unique -- The Moon is Unique -- Life's Genesis is Rare -- Life's Genesis is Rare (Revisited) -- Goldilocks Twins are Rare -- The Prokaryote-Eukaryote Transition is Rare -- Toolmaking Species are Rare
  • High Technology is Not Inevitable -- Intelligence at the Human Level is Rare -- Language Is Unique to Humans -- Science Is Not Inevitable -- Consciousness Is Not Inevitable -- Gaia, God or Goldilocks? -- Conclusion -- The Fermi Paradox Resolved{u2026} -- References -- Index
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