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Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence$
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David Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.001.0001

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Cinema, Cults, and Meteorites: Searching for Something More

Cinema, Cults, and Meteorites: Searching for Something More

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(p.6) 1 Cinema, Cults, and Meteorites: Searching for Something More
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Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
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David Wilkinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.003.0002

This chapter reviews the way that the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence has been shaped by, and has shaped, science fiction, popular science journalism, and new religious movements. It illustrates that science is not done in a cultural vacuum, and that SETI in particular has to take account of this dimension. Discussion centres around a number of key examples: Star Trek, ALH84001, the exploration of Mars, scientology, and the Heaven's Gate Cult

Keywords:   SETI, science fiction, media, cults, ALH84001, life on Mars

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