Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CETI)
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Douglas A. Vakoch - Editor
Price: $120.00 Hardcover - 518 pages
Release Date: April 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-3793-5 ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3793-4
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Release Date: April 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-3794-3 ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3794-1
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Highlights the most recent developments in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and advocates a diverse range of approaches to make SETI increasingly more powerful and effective in the years to come.
In April 2010, fifty years to the month after the first experiment in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), scholars from a range of disciplines—including astronomy, mathematics, anthropology, history, and cognitive science—gathered at NASA’s biennial Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) for a series of sessions on the search for intelligent life. This book highlights the most recent developments in SETI discussed at that conference, emphasizing the ways that SETI has grown since its inception. The volume covers three broad themes: First, leading researchers examine the latest developments in observational SETI programs, as well as innovative proposals for new search strategies and novel approaches to signal processing. Second, both proponents and opponents of “Active SETI” debate whether humankind should be transmitting intentional signals to other possible civilizations, rather than only listening. Third, constructive proposals for interstellar messages are juxtaposed with critiques that ask whether any meaningful exchange is possible with an independently evolved civilization, given the constraints of contact at interstellar distances, where a round-trip exchange could take centuries or millennia.
As we reflect on a half-century of SETI research, we are reminded of the expansion of search programs made possible by technological and conceptual advances. In this spirit of ongoing exploration, the contributors to this book advocate a diverse range of approaches to make SETI increasingly more powerful and effective, as we embark on the next half-century of searching for intelligence beyond Earth.
“Vakoch’s volume is an excellent overview of the cutting-edge research in the field of SETI … it will be enjoyable reading for anyone interested in the SETI enterprise which, if successful, is sure to have a transformative effect on us all.” — Fortean Times
“…offers a comprehensive snapshot of news and views from the SETI community.” — Guru
“…a wide-ranging look at many elements of SETI and beyond.” — Space Review
Douglas A. Vakoch is Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Table of Contents
Foreword Linda Billings, Pamela Conrad, Janet Siefert
Latest Advances in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
1. Exoplanets, Extremophiles, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Jill C. Tarter
2. Current and Nascent SETI Instruments in the Radio and Optical Andrew Siemion, Henry Chen, Jeff Cobb, Jim Cordes, Terry Filiba, Adam Fries, Andrew Howard, Josh von Korff, Eric Korpela, Matt Lebofsky, William Mallard, Peter McMahon, Aaron Parsons, Laura Spitler, Mark Wagner, Dan Werthimer
3. Candidate Identification and Interference Removal in SETI@home Eric J. Korpela, Jeff Cobb, Matt Lebofsky, Andrew Siemion, Joshua Von Korff, Robert C. Bankay, Dan Werthimer, David Anderson
4. A New Class of SETI Beacons That Contain Information Gerald R. Harp, Robert F. Ackermann, Samantha K. Blair, Jack Arbunich, Peter R. Backus, Jill C. Tarter, and the ATA Team
5. Getting the World Actively Involved in SETI Searches Jill C. Tarter, Avinash Agrawal, Rob Ackermann, Samantha K. Blair, M. Tucker Bradford, Danese M. Cooper, Gerald Harp, Jane Jordan, Tom Kilsdonk, Kenneth E. Smolek, Karen Randall, Rob Reid, John Ross, G. Seth Shostak, Douglas A. Vakoch
6. The Effects of the Ionized Interstellar Medium on Broadband Signals of Extraterrestrial Origin Samantha K. Blair, David G. Messerschmitt, Jill C. Tarter, Gerald R. Harp
7. The Next Steps in SETI-ITALIA Science and Technology Stelio Montebugnoli, Cristiano Cosmovici, Jader Monari, Salvatore Pluchino, Giovanni Naldi, Marco Bartolini, Andrea Orlati, Emma Salerno, Francesco Schillirò, Giuseppe Pupillo, Federico Perini, Germano Bianchi, Mattia Tani, Leonardo Amico
9. Harvard’s Advanced All-sky Optical SETI Curtis Mead and Paul Horowitz
10. The OZ OSETI Project Ragbir Bhathal
11. The New Telescope/Photometer Optical SETI Project of SETI Institute and the Lick Observatory Frank D. Drake, Remington P. S. Stone, Dan Werthimer, Shelley A. Wright
12. Large-Scale Use of Solar Power May Be Visible across Interstellar Distances Louis K. Scheffer
13. Interstellar Radio Links Enabled by Gravitational Lenses of the Sun and Stars Claudio Maccone
14. Cost Analysis of Space Exploration for an Extraterrestrial Civilization Yvan Dutil and Stéphane Dumas
15. Understanding the Search Space for SETI William Edmondson
Active SETI: Should We Transmit?
16. Unpacking the Great Transmission Debate Kathryn Denning
17. Integrating Active and Passive SETI Programs: Prerequisites for Multigenerational Research Douglas A. Vakoch
18. Building and Searching for Cost-Optimized Interstellar Beacons James Benford, Dominic Benford, Gregory Benford
19. Seeking Contact: The Relevance of Human History Michael A. G. Michaud
20. Pragmatism, Cosmocentrism, and Proportional Consultation for Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence Mark L. Lupisella
21. SETI and International Radio Law Francis Lyall
22. What the World Needs Now: Identifying the Relative Degree of Specific Maslovian Needs and Degree of Species-Level Self-Identification in Interstellar Messages Submitted by a Multinational Sample Timothy A. Lower, Douglas A. Vakoch, Yvonne Clearwater, Britton A. Niles, John E. Scanlin
Interstellar Message Construction: Can We Make Ourselves Understood?