ExoTheology & Space-Age Interpretations of the Bible

(religious implications of an inhabited universe)

review of Paul Davies’ _The Eerie Silence_

[emphases mine]

A deathly hush
Apr 8th 2010

The little green men may be on their way

The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence. By Paul Davies. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 242 pages; $27. Published in Britain by Allen Lane as “The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?”

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Given the great size not only of space but also of time, perhaps intelligent life looks different elsewhere. If mankind persists for a further 100,000 years, the species will surely change. Indeed, it has already developed intelligent machines and is well on its way to building devices that are more intelligent than their makers. Perhaps the baton of intelligence will be passed to these contraptions, in which case, those looking for extraterrestrial life should be seeking not little green men but little green machines.

Should mankind finally receive a message from the skies, Mr Davies considers the impact it might have, who should have the right to reply and what should be said. (One of the winning entries to a competition, run by the Daily Telegraph, for the best message Earthlings might send to extraterrestrials, reads, “Two thousand years ago, we had a very enlightening visit from the Creator’s Son. Has he been to visit you yet?”) Mr Davies provides a timely and thought-provoking account of a search that, after five decades, has not yet produced any sightings.

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