The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?

The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?

Paul Davies / Feb 22, 2020

The Eerie Silence Are We Alone in the Universe Are we alone in the cosmos This is one of the big questions yet it remains unanswered This book explains why the search for intelligent life beyond Earth ought be expanded how it can be done years

  • Title: The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?
  • Author: Paul Davies
  • ISBN: 9781846141423
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Are we alone in the cosmos This is one of the big questions, yet it remains unanswered This book explains why the search for intelligent life beyond Earth ought be expanded how it can be done 50 years ago, astronomer Frank Drake 1st pointed a radio telescope at nearby stars, hoping for a signal from an alien civilization Thus began one of the boldest scientific pAre we alone in the cosmos This is one of the big questions, yet it remains unanswered This book explains why the search for intelligent life beyond Earth ought be expanded how it can be done 50 years ago, astronomer Frank Drake 1st pointed a radio telescope at nearby stars, hoping for a signal from an alien civilization Thus began one of the boldest scientific projects, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence After a half century of scanning astronomers have little to report but an eerie silence eerie because many believe the cosmos teems with life Could it be, wonders physicist astrobiologist Davies, that we re looking in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the wrong way Davies has been closely involved with SETI for three decades chairs the SETI Post Detection Taskgroup, charged with deciding what to do if we re confronted with evidence of alien intelligence He believes the search has fallen into an anthropocentric trap assuming alien species will look, think behave like us His book refocuses the search, challenging existing ideas of what forms alien intelligence might take, how it might try to communicate how we ought respond if it does.List of IllustrationsPrefaceIs anybody out there Life freak side show or cosmic imperative Shadow biosphere How much intelligence is out there New SETI widening the search Evidence for a galactic diasporaAlien magic Post biological intelligence First contact Who speaks for Earth Appendix Brief history of SETIBibliographyNotesIndex

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        Paul Charles William Davies AM is a British born physicist, writer and broadcaster, currently a professor at Arizona State University as well as the Director of BEYOND Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science He has held previous academic appointments at the University of Cambridge, University of London, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, University of Adelaide and Macquarie University His research interests are in the fields of cosmology, quantum field theory, and astrobiology He has proposed that a one way trip to Mars could be a viable option.In 2005, he took up the chair of the SETI Post Detection Science and Technology Taskgroup of the International Academy of Astronautics.


    1. Are we alone in the great big fat universe?It's presented as if it's a real lonesome thing. Just us nine billion, no one to talk to but each other. And true, when you put it like that - who would want to spend their life with no one except human beings? You'd have to be a psycho. Human beings? Eww. Give em a planet and what do they do with it? Only thing they're good at is making more human beings. But anyway. I don't get why people cudgel their brains about this question are we alone in the uni [...]

    2. Paul Davies does a really good job here of illustrating the issues of SETI's lack of success, and Fermi's Paradox. He goes into the science and philosophy of it in depth, explaining all the terms and generally making it crystal clear. What amazes me is that he's still somewhat optimistic about finding intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, given all the things he says in this book -- I'm now almost completely sure that even if intelligent life has arisen elsewhere (and that's still a big if [...]

    3. This was a good book on how and why we need to think out-of-the-box while keeping the search ongoing for ETs (Extra Terrestrials). Paul Davies does a good job of mentioning the various ways in which we can do this, or what to look out for, where do we as intelligent beings need to think anew, and stay away from anthropomorphism and our mindsets based upon the past and present dogmas.A pretty delightful read for people who always have questions and thoughts regarding the possibilities of intellig [...]

    4. There are but very few instances where you pick a gem that many mistook for just a dusty rock. How could this book be so unpopular. Maybe thats the most compelling evidence for the eerie silence. The intellectual orgasm was quite similar to that from the movie Interstellar. Its like a thousand classic science fictions distilled to just over 200 pages. The shadow biosphere, the great filter, neutrino beacons, nanoprobes Oh baby, it's Christmas. And it reaches its pinnacle when Paul convinces you [...]

    5. I can't imagine there is anyone else in the world (this world) who knows more about this subject than Paul Davies. A fascinating and comprehensive survey of what the "eerie silence" might or might not mean. E.g either we haven't looked in the right places/ways; or "they" have already been here (and left their presence in our DNA or viruses); or there is very bad news in store for the future of our species. Cool book.

    6. Paul Davies, the chair of SETI's Post-Detection Science and Technology Taskgroup, wrote The Eerie Silence in 2010, a short time after the Kepler space telescope launched. Back then a handful of exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) had been discovered. Since then Kepler alone has confirmed over 2,300 exoplanets and estimates for the observable universe go as high as 5.3 trillion.That's a lot of planets.And yet seven years later, the eerie silence Davies wrote about persists. You might th [...]

    7. The eerie silence is mostly a primer in the the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) focused around the US program formerly run by NASA. In addition Davies, who is part of that program, adds a fair amount of his own opinions and ideas on why and how this search should be done.In total its become a nice easily read book mostly for those already interested in the search.

    8. As intimately involved with the SETI project as Paul Davies is, you might well imagine this book to be a cheerleading campaign for the program in general. Well not so much. He is unexpectedly candid about the many shortcomings he sees in how the search is currently being conducted. By succinctly explaining just how narrow the search parameters are and how limited the scope, Davies shows that it is hardly surprising that 50 years of listening to the stars has yet to yield any positive result. Upo [...]

    9. This is a fantastic book for anybody interested in the SETI project and Fermi's Paradox. The biggest take home point I got out of reading this book is the question of what side of the "Great Filter" we are on (read the wiki article on the Great Filter for further info) and what profound implications it has whether the filter is already behind us or if the filter is in our future. If the filter is behind us and the rare earth hypothesis is correct, the future looks bright for our descendants and [...]

    10. One of those books which serves justice to the title ("The Eerie Silence").I was someone like the author's grandmother, who asked, why spend so much time, effort and money on such endeavors? But this book gave me reasons after reasons why I was being naive. It made gave me an insight into the endless possibilities related to ET life and it's discovery.Now, I can't take a step forward without looking at my surrounding for signs of ET life. After being done with the book, my curiosity is now at an [...]

    11. This was a fascinating, thought-provoking, and entertaining book. I've thoroughly enjoyed every Paul Davies book I've read. I like the way he pursues highly speculative topics but still maintains a reassuringly rational, critical, and intelligent point of view. I had previously considered the search for extraterrestrial intelligence to be an exhausted and cliched subject, but I learned so many new things from this book. For example, the possibility of a "shadow biosphere" (life that originated s [...]

    12. Hey guys, guess what!If the fact that we've never detected extraterrestrial intelligence is indicative of the non-existence of such*, there are two possibilities:1) The development of intelligent life is exceptionally rare even in the vastness of the cosmos, and it was extraordinally unlikely that the human race would ever have come into being. The fact that we exist is a minor miracle!2) The development of intelligent life happens all the time. It just doesn't survive long enough to make contac [...]

    13. I enjoyed this one. Davies covered many points of veiw on how likely it is that other life is out there, and what it could be like. Some of it was very speculative and imaginative.

    14. La domanda "Siamo soli nell'universo?" è forse quella più importante e profonda che possiamo porci. Il programma SETI da più di cinquant'anni sonda l'universo con i radiotelescopi al fine di captare segnali inviati da civiltà extraterrestri intelligenti. Ma è così scontato che esistano nell'universo civiltà tecnicamente avanzate? La vita nell'universo è diffusa oppure la Terra è l'unico pianeta ad ospitarla? Nel momento in cui la vita compare in un pianeta lontano è inevitabile un proc [...]

    15. Are we alone in the universe? I think that this book was pretty good and interesting because at first they did not pay attention into the silence and signals that they were receiving until one person received a strong boom of radio signals, it changed everything about if we are we alone in the universe. SETI has jut been looking at the wrong place at the wrong time. Davies has been closely involved with SETI for three decades, and chairs the SETI Post-Detection Task group, charged with deciding [...]

    16. I just wrote a review of the Forever War, in which I mentioned that one of the most fascinating science fiction topics to me is time dilation—the other is the Fermi Paradox. In fact, it was the reveal of the “dark forest” hypothesis (in the Dark Forest) that set me off on my recent sci-fi kick .In short, this book feels a lot like any number of the novels I’ve read over the past year or so. We get the same theories and speculations, only there’s no story to back it up. Sometimes that [...]

    17. I enjoyed Paul Davies look at the SETI program and its implications. The Eerie Silence takes the reader into not only the nuts and bolts of the search for life out there, but also into the implications of what it would mean if extraterrestrial life was or wasn't found. While it is seven years old it isn't as dated as some of the other books I have recently read on the topic

    18. Wow what a great book. I can highly recommend this to anybody with an interest in astronomy and the scientific search for extra terrestrial life. The massive challenges associated with this is truly interesting. A honest critical look at the "possible" success from a scientific perspective from someone within SETI.

    19. I was always of the mindset that with such a vast galaxy/universe that it was completely arrogant for us to think we were the only intelligent life there is. Sadly, this book made me question that viewpoint. Very well written and thought provoking.

    20. In 2010, the SETI - Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence - initiative celebrated its 50th anniversary. And so physicist/cosmologist/astrobiologist Paul Davies was asked to write something. Rather than just write a simple back-patting congratulation, he decided to try and write about the whole concept: Why are we looking for signs of alien intelligence, how are we looking for it, how likely is it to exist, how likely are we to find it (or they to find us), what would we be likely to find, ho [...]

    21. Además de una breve historia de SETI, a 50 años de su fundación, Davies aborda tópicos tan interesantes como la idea de una "biosfera en la sombra": las enormes implicaciones de un segundo tipo de vida en la misma Tierra que no corresponda a los reinos conocidos (arqueas, bacterias y eucariotas), como parte del argumento de un principio universal sobre el incremento de la organización y la complejidad, que derive en la vida.Ameno, interesante, incluso poético (la búsqueda de vida en el es [...]

    22. One of my favourite books. A logical approach and a robust analysis of this facinating subject.

    23. Was an interesting read and the whole idea of SETI and search for alien species was well introduced and discussed. Will be looking for more books from Paul Davies.

    24. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first serious scientific attempt to detect signals from an alien civilization, using a radio telescope at Green Bank, in West Virginia. The title of Paul Davies’ homage to all the effort that has succeeded this pioneering work derives from the fact that nothing has yet been heard from “out there” – at least, nothing that can be interpreted as a sign of an intelligent technological civilization. But the silence is only eerie, as Davies makes cle [...]

    25. It’s been more than 50 years since human beings began to search for other intelligent civilizations in the universe – and all we’ve heard so far, as the title of Paul Davies’ latest book captures succinctly, is an “eerie silence.”The first effort was a modest one. Back in 1960, a young astronomer named Frank Drake aimed a radio telescope at a nearby, sun-like star known as Tau Ceti. He reasoned that if an alien civilization had developed a technology roughly similar to our own, it wo [...]

    26. Ottimo volume divulgativo, preciso e scorrevole. Davies analizza con perfetta chiarezza i presupposti del progetto SETI, discorrendo con intelligenza dei vari scenari in materia di ricerca di vita nel cosmo.

    27. Informative, but almost as if he's trying to hard to be skeptical. It seems like maybe he's putting his thumb on the scale of "we are alone." That's fine, but it's more in the manner of philosophy than science, and the man is a scientist. As with many books about SETI, there is no clear delineation for the lay reader for when we transcend established science and facts and go into bleeding edge hypotheses, or just into speculation. Fermi's Paradox, for example, is not a scientific theory. It is a [...]

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