The Great Silence: Science and Philosophy of Fermi's Paradox

ISBN : 9780199646302

Milan Cirkovic
416 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
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Researchers believe that the universe is vast and old enough that life has evolved and become intelligent and technological many times on different worlds - yet we have seen no trace of extraterrestrial intelligence. This conundrum, known as the Fermi pardox, is the deepest mystery in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. This book aims to shed some light on that biggest of questions: where is everybody?


1 Fermi's Paradox / Great Silence problem
2 What's past is prologue: Cosmological and astrophysical background
3 Underlying philosophy: Realism, naturalism, Copernicanism, and all that
4 L'Annee derniere a Marienbad - Solipsist solutions
5 Terra Nostra - Rare Earth and related solutions
6 In the Mountains of Madness - Neocatastrophic solutions
7 The Cities of the Red Night - Logistic solutions
8 The tournament: How to rate solutions and avoid exclusivity
9 The last challenge for Copernicanism?

About the author: 

Milan M. Cirkovic is a research professor at the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade, and a research associate of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. His primary research interests are in the fields of astrobiology (Galactic habitable zone, SETI studies, catastrophic episodes in the history of life), risk analysis (global catastrophes, observation selection effects, epistemology of risk), and philosophy of science (anthropic principles, philosophy of physics, future studies).

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