The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth

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"Harvard's top astronomer lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star"--
In late 2017 scientists at a Hawaiian observatory glimpsed an object soaring through our inner solar system, moving so quickly that it could only have come from another star. Loeb showed it was not an asteroid; it was moving too fast along a strange orbit, and left no trail of gas or debris in its wake. There was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization. Here he outlines his controversial theory and its profound implications: for science, for religion, and for the future of our species and our planet. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2021.
Copyright Date: ♭2021
ISBN: 9780358278146
Branch Call Number: 576.839 Loeb 01/2021
Characteristics: xvii, 222 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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👽 His argument depends on what he calls the "Oumuamua wager," reworking Pascal's wager, which says it's better for you to believe in God than not. Loeb says it's better for you to believe in his extraterrestrials than not, so why not go along? The problem with this argument, like Pascal's, is that it's not such as to compel belief. The best you can say is that it's better for you to act like you believe. I would say it's bad for you to be a phony, acting like you believe, when you know you're only doing it because good things will happen to you if you do, which is exactly the whole assumption of the wager. You could justify a lot that way!


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