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Civilized Life in the Universe:  Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials by [Basalla, George]
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The text is well illustrated with a historical series of ancient to more modern graphics. The book, Civilized Life in the Universe, could easily make a text basis for a fascinating course on the subject. (Jorg Matschullat, Environ Geol, Vol 50, 2006)

The fantasist roots of ostensibly scientific projects is a central theme of george Basalla's excellent, edifying and enjoyable book Civilized Life in the Universe, a little landmark in the study of the history of science. (Keay Davidson, San Francisci Chronicle)

Basalla's analysis is fresh, thoughtful and well worth reading. (New Scientist)

The idea of a celestial intelligence, argues George Basalla, is science's replacement for the Gods it deposed. He believes that the inward-seeking religious impilse was swapped for a star-gazing quest for tangible "creators". And throughout his enjoyable chronology of our search for life "up there", the University of Delaware's emeritus professor of history picks up on a significant number of Western alien-hunters, whose faith in "something beyond and above us" may have its roots in a renounced fundamentalist Christian upbringing. (22nd April 2006)

...critically important Civilized Life in the Universe, the best treatment on the history and science of the subject since Steven Dick's magisterial two volumes (3,4)...tightly woven and highly readable narrative..." Michael Shermer, Science, March 3 2006

About the Author

George Basalla is Professor of History at the University of Delaware (Emeritus).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3714 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (19 Jan. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001943W1K
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