The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Astrosociology and Cultural Aspects

  title={The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Astrosociology and Cultural Aspects},
  author={Albert A. Harrison},
  pages={63 - 83}
  • A. Harrison
  • Published 8 April 2011
  • Sociology
  • Astropolitics
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is a human activity with profound implications for society and culture that fall within the purview of astrosociology. In this article, we review some of the astrosociological aspects of SETI and identify ways to seek evidence-based, rather than purely speculative, answers. Recurrent issues include the organization and conduct of the search; human-alien comprehension and communication; human reactions to the discovery of extraterrestrial life… 

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