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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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Looking for a Needle in a Haystack: Current SETI Strategies

Looking for a Needle in a Haystack: Current SETI Strategies

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(p.83) 6 Looking for a Needle in a Haystack: Current SETI Strategies
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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/9780199680207.003.0007

The history of SETI programmes is explored, assessing the strategy and noting the problems. From Drake to SETI@home, this is an area which fascinates the public and raises expectations. Yet the difficulties of finding, recognizing, and interpreting a signal are not fully understood. Current SETI programmes, and how they might develop in the future, are discussed. It is suggested that recognizing a signal involves assumptions about the possibility of common ground for communication. The possible impact of ‘first contact’ leads to a consideration of its social, politicalz and religious impact—including protocols to protect the Earth and to protect aliens.

Keywords:   cocconi, morrison, jocelyn bell, discovery of pulsars, project phoenix, SERENDIP, SETI@home, OSETI, protocols for first contact, peters survey

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