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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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Genesis 2.0? SETI and Biology

Genesis 2.0? SETI and Biology

(p.62) 5 Genesis 2.0? SETI and Biology
Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

David Wilkinson

Oxford University Press

The work of Miller and Urey encouraged the belief that life could be formed easily in many places in the Universe. Yet Darwinian evolution casts doubt on how many times primitive life may evolve to intelligent life. These arguments are reviewed and then supplemented in the work by Kauffmann, Davies, and Conway Morris, which may suggest the inevitable emergence of intelligence. This, however, is complicated by our primitive understanding of the nature of intelligence and consciousness. Recent understandings of extremophiles raise the further possibility of life in many more unusual environments in the Universe, such as Europa, Enceladus, or Titan.

Keywords:   follow the water, origin of life, evolution, panspermia, Kauffman, Davies,Conway Morris, evolutionary convergences, intelligence, consciousness, extremophiles

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