publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2016

A Multidimensional Impact Model for the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life

Vidal, Clément;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Abstract
Abstract: I first argue that the extraterrestrials we will find will not communicate, for the simple reason that they would likely be either immensely inferior or immensely superior to us. Then, I argue that the discovery of extraterrestrials will be slow, like other previous major scientific discoveries. I introduce a multidimensional model to assess and to prepare the impact of discovering extraterrestrial life. Twenty-six dimensions are introduced, illustrated with spider diagrams, which cover both what extraterrestrial might look like, and how humans may react. Keywords: Astrobiology, extraterrestrial life, SETI, impact of discovery, slow discovery, Rio scal...
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free text keywords: Astrobiology, extraterrestrial life, SETI, impact of discovery, slow discovery, Rio scale, worldview, spider diagram
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