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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (295 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Davies Narrator: George K. Wilso Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fifty 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 leading physicist and astrobiologist Paul Davies, is that we’ve been looking in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and in the wrong way. Davies should know. For more than three decades, he has been closely involved with SETI and now chairs the SETI 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, then offers a new and exciting road map for the future.

Davies believes that our search so far has been overly anthropocentric: we tend to assume an alien species will look, think, and behave like us. He argues that we need to be far more expansive in our efforts, and 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, and how we should respond if we ever do make contact. A provocative and mind-expanding journey, The Eerie Silence will thrill fans of science and science fiction alike.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Travis Todd | 2/11/2014

    " Davies knows his shit when it comes to SETI, since he's one of, like, the current head honchos. He puts forth numerous arguments for and against the likelihood of intelligent extraterrestrials. I get the feeling that his heart's saying yes, while his head's saying no. Yes, that is a Christina Aguilera reference. No, I haven't been able to get the chorus of Genie in a Bottle out of my head for ten years. But that's the topic of another essay. So yeah, read this book if you have even a passing interest in the subject of extraterrestrial life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason Vanhee | 2/1/2014

    " A bit dry, but an interesting reassessment of what SETI is and should be. Did I mention it was dry, though? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Hall | 1/31/2014

    " Good overview of the search for other intelligent life in the universe. Good, interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan | 1/3/2014

    " Best overview of the SETI project, mostly critical of it but Davies also provides a long list of unexplored fields of research. Probably the most interesting point he makes is that if we find life abundant in the universe but no advanced civilizations then we are almost certainly doomed. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Davies

Paul Davies is an internationally acclaimed physicist, cosmologist, and astrobiologist at Arizona State University, where he runs the pioneering Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. He also chairs the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Post-Detection Taskgroup, so that if SETI succeeds in finding intelligent life, he will be among the first to know. The asteroid 1992OG was officially renamed Pauldavies in his honor. In addition to his many scientific awards, Davies is the recipient of the 1995 Templeton Prize—the world’s largest annual prize—for his work on science and religion. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Mind of God, About Time, How to Build a Time Machine, and The Goldilocks Enigma. He lives in Tempe, Arizona.