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Topic: Extraterrestrial life in popular culture

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  Extraterrestrial life - The Black Vault Encyclopedia Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Extraterrestrial life is life that may exist and originate outside the planet Earth.
Extraterrestrial life forms, especially intelligent ones, are often referred to in popular culture as aliens or ETs.
Belief in extraterrestrial life may have been present in ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Sumer, although in these societies, cosmology was fundamentally supernatural and the notion of aliens is difficult to distinguish from that of gods, demons, and such.
www.blackvault.com /wiki/index.php/Extraterrestrial_life   (2783 words)

 Extraterrestrial life in popular culture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In popular culture and conspiracy theories, life forms, especially intelligent life forms, that are of extraterrestrial origin, i.e.
The fictionalization of extraterrestrial life occurred before the 20th century.
The possibility of extraterrestrial life was a commonplace of educated discourse in the 17th century, though in Paradise Lost (1667)
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Extraterrestrial_life_in_popular_culture   (790 words)

 YourArt.com >> Encyclopedia >> Greys   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
It is generally assumed{{fact}} that Greys might be extraterrestrials from another planet which slightly resemble humans or are somehow able to adopt a somewhat human appearance, though they are commonly seen as a hoax.
In the Fugo balloon hypothesis advanced by (Popular Mechanics) and others, the Roswell UFO Incident was in reality the crash of an experimental hybrid balloon glider carrying a Japanese crew.
Greys were also the extraterrestrials described in horror fiction novelist's Whitley Strieber's non-fiction book Communion, about his abduction experiences, though Strieber does not assert that the Greys are extraterrestrials as such.
www.yourart.com /research/encyclopedia.cgi?subject=/Greys   (3301 words)

 Astrobiology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In BOOK 2 we introduced the topic of evolution of life in the universe, by discussing the processes that have taken life on Earth from the age of the prokaryotes to the origin of eukaryotes and, eventually, to the evolution of intelligent behavior.
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: A Philosophical Inquiry by David Lamb (Routledge) critically evaluates claims concerning the status of SETI as a genuine scientific research program and examines the attempts to establish contact with other intelligent life forms in the past thirty years.
Life Beyond Earth by Timothy Ferris (Simon and Schuster) The search for life beyond Earth takes the human mind and spirit back down long corridors of cosmic history, probing the ancient questions of who we are and where we came from.
www.wordtrade.com /science/lifescience/astrobiology.htm   (1464 words)

 NAI News Article: The Meaning of Life   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Turning to non-intelligent life, scientists by and large believe that if life is discovered on the planets and moons of our solar system, it will be microbial - perhaps bacteria on Mars or microscopic creatures swimming in a sea beneath the ice on Jupiter's moon Europa.
Billingham, now Senior Scientist at the nonprofit SETI Institute, is among several experts who believe the confirmed discovery of even microbial extraterrestrial life would rank as an historic turning point like Nicolaus Copernicus's 16th-century assertion that Earth was not the center of the solar system, or Charles Darwin's 19th-century discovery of evolution.
If extraterrestrial life is found and "if humanity is not the center of attention of a deity, what does that do to various theologies and religions?" Dick asks.
nai.arc.nasa.gov /news_stories/news_print.cfm?ID=138   (1516 words)

 Extraterrestrial Life
If life did not occur on other parts of the Universe besides Earth, then we will not be able to restore the whole generation of the Universe to enhance our belief on the existence of living organisms on other worlds besides Earth.
If life did not take place on other parts of the Universe besides Earth, then, it is very improbable that in the future we can find living beings in those places, where living organisms were never formed.
Life is a quantum energy state experimented by some quasi-stable thermodynamic systems, which permits them to establish, no-spontaneously, a series of intervals that delay the diffusion or dispersion of their local energy to more available microstates
www.biocab.org /Extraterrestrial_Life.html   (4301 words)

 Life on Other Worlds (Steven Dick) - book review
This "brought scientists out of the closet on a subject they otherwise might never have addressed" and was "the public's chief exposure to the subject of extraterrestrial life".
The possibility of communication with extraterrestrial intelligence has worried some: there have been concerns about the cultural impact, and the Christian response has seen the development of astrotheology.
In summary, the 20th century extraterrestrial life debates have seen the triumph of cosmic evolution and the widespread acceptance of a biological universe.
dannyreviews.com /h/Life_Other_Worlds.html   (634 words)

 Is There Life Out There: The Search for Spock
Despite these early speculations, actual consideration about life from other planets was minimal until the past few hundred years because of the conditions that scholars were placed under due to religious considerations and simple lack of knowledge.
The search for extraterrestrials seems to be a search that will benefit almost all fields of science, and seems to be one that offers more return for the relatively small investment than that of space travel, considering the recent “success” of expensive space missions to other planets such as Mars.
Should there be other intelligent life out there, humankind’s perspective on the universe will change in a way not experienced since it was accepted that the Earth was not the center of the universe.
members.cox.net /dadip6/life.htm   (1893 words)

 Gentry Lee's Monthly Column: Are We Alone?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
My desire to know if life exists, or has ever existed, someplace other than on the Earth was the primary reason that I chose to work in the aerospace industry when I finished my formal schooling.
Carl contrasted the scientific approach that led to the formulation of the Drake equation with what he called the "appalling lack of skepticism" in the popular culture with respect to such subjects as UFOs and alien abductions.
We are infants in the hierarchy of advanced cultures.
www.space.com /opinionscolumns/gentrylee/gentry_lee_june_0606.html   (2016 words)

 Steven M. Greer   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The multiplicity of life in the universe, while diverse, is essentially a singularity; beyond division, it exists in the unitive state, a marvelous, conscious Oneness.
Biological life forms, us and extraterrestrials, possess both mind and body, we each manifest a reality which is both physical and spiritual, linear and non-local, fixed in time and space yet simultaneously transcendent.
The tendency in the popular culture is to dismiss such beings as figments of one's imagination, to belong to a primitive belief system, or to lump all such beings, whether human, extraterrestrial or purely non-biological, into a veritable smorgasbord of undifferentiated 'entities'.
www.earthportals.com /Portal_Messenger/greer.html   (3885 words)

 Rare Earth Hypothesis
The paradigm is such a part of our popular culture, that countless books, movies and television shows -- not to mention hosts of Klingons, Wookies and Romulans -- but a long scientific hunt that uses huge dish antennas to scan the sky for faint radio signals from intelligent aliens.
Human culture is so captivated by the current alien paradigm that 1.6 million of us in over 200 countries have recently joined an effort that harnesses home and office computers to the job of sifting through the radio signals for signs of intelligent life among the stars.
For instance, closer to the center of the galaxy where star populations are far denser, the frequent passage of one star past another could trigger cascades of comets, trillions of which are thought to orbit the icy fringes of most stars.
fig.cox.miami.edu /~cmallery/255/255life/rareearth.htm   (1999 words)

 The Search For Life In The Universe
For life to exist on worlds orbiting other stars they must also be located at the correct distance from their star to sustain liquid water.
It was the presence of carbon and other essential building blocks of life, in an environment containing large quantities of liquid water, that set the stage for the formation of primitive life on planet Earth.
In the mid-sixteenth century, this popular notion was challenged by the Sun-centered Universe proposed by Copernicus.
www.setileague.org /articles/little.htm   (5638 words)

 Extraterrestrial life - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Extraterrestrial life is life that may exist and originate outside the planet Earth, the only place in the universe currently known to support life.
Its existence is currently hypothetical; there is yet no evidence of extraterrestrial life that has been widely accepted by the scientific community.
Life forms based in ammonia rather than water are also considered, though this solution appears less optimal than water.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Extraterrestrial_life   (3632 words)

 Life on Mars
According to Professor Churchwell, who teaches Extraterrestrial Life, an astronomy course at UW-Madison, the probability that life has existed on Mars is “non-zero.” However, this extraterrestrial life would not look like the gray and green aliens you see on TV.
Two main pieces of evidence point to the existence of extraterrestrial life, the being that Mars used to be very wet.
All life on Earth is based on hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen, all of which are common elements in the universe.
www.engr.wisc.edu /wiscengr/issues/nov99/mars.html   (801 words)

 Colorado Daily News
The search for life beyond Earth is a favorite topic of Dr. Jeffrey O. Bennett, an astronomer and science education specialist at the University of Colorado's Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy.
Bennett will explain why the search for extraterrestrial life has become such a hot topic in scientific research, and he will discuss why the possibility of life beyond earth has profound implications for the future of humankind - even if we are indeed alone in the universe.
However, it was the work on his book "Life in the Universe" that spurred Bennett's interest in the possibility of life in outer space.
www.coloradodaily.com /articles/2003/10/26/news/est/est02.txt   (900 words)

 Extraterrestrial Life
Pogo Possum’s friend Porky, observed, “There’s only two possibilities: Either we is the most intelligent life in the universe, or there is life out there which is more intelligent than we are.
Anunnaki being extraterrestrials from off-world, who have spent an inordinate amount of time on this planet, influencing the development of human beings and in general causing
Gods and Goddesses from every culture on the planet (and who have acquiesced to their titles, even when not necessarily claiming them as such).
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Scientists interested in the search for life immediately pointed out that space probes must be sterilized, lest earthly life brought by the spacecraft themselves contaminate the Moon and planets or mix with traces of life detected on these worlds.
Planetary science, extraterrestrial life, and origin of life research quickly became melded, in less than a decade, into an unprecedented new scientific discipline: exobiology.
Because planets are needed for life, and, especially since the American astronomer Frank Drake first proposed the mathematical likelihood of intelligent life on other worlds in 1960, one of the variables needed to refine that calculation is the fraction of stars that have planetary systems.
rutgerspress.rutgers.edu /Author/Dick/excerpt.html   (1808 words)

 Astrobiology Certificate
It addresses the origin and evolution of life on Earth, the identification of terrestrial and extraterrestrial habitats capable of supporting life, and the potential for life to exist on other planets and other solar systems.
In addition, it crosses the boundary between science and the humanities, with connections to philosophy, sociology, history, political science, journalism and 'popular culture'.
The undergraduate Astrobiological Society seeks to encourage student interest in questions of life's origins and cosmological distribution by introducing students to the wide-range of opportunities at UC Boulder.
www.colorado.edu /lifesciences/Astrobiology.htm   (273 words)

 Alien Fascination
The Search for Life: Are We Alone, at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York, approaches this question with an innovative new Space Show narrated by Academy-Award-nominated actor Harrison Ford.
To recognize never-before seen life forms, Brenner and his colleagues at UF are depending on universal features in genetic material that might be found in alien beings.
He and his colleagues are using what they know about the chemical attributes of life on Earth to generalize features of living systems that could exist in other parts of the universe.
www.riverdeep.net /current/2002/03/031802_extraterrestrials.jhtml   (1541 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
All the technology, careful research and painstakingly distilled empirical evidence devoted to the search for extraterrestrial life is the product of passionate minds across continents and centuries looking up and wondering.
Our project is concerned with this fascination: the sweeping, enduring appeal of speculation about life in the universe in fiction and film and the apocryphal but entertaining rumors, hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
From Flash Gordon to the Men in Black: a history of extraterrestrial life in print and on screen.
pages.pomona.edu /~tbw02002   (113 words)

 Extraterrestrial Life :: Astronomy
For aliens in popular culture see extraterrestrial life (popular culture).
Life Extraterrestrial: Life on Other Planets in the Solar System - Curriculum framework for comparing Earth to other planets with regard to life.
The Planetary Society - A nonprofit organization devoted to the exploration of the solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life.
science.gourt.com /Astronomy/Extraterrestrial-Life.html   (361 words)

 Life on Mars, Life on Earth
But in fact, there is still a chance that life might be found on Mars today — and the shape these life forms take may be quite similar to those found on Earth.
With life finding its way in such unlikely parts of our own planet, it's not a great stretch to imagine that life might also persist on Mars' rocky outcrops or beneath Europa's icy surface.
So, if there were simple forms of life on Mars billions of years ago, it is feasible, although highly unlikely, that they could have hitched a ride to Earth and helped "seed" or start life on this planet.
www.riverdeep.net /current/2002/09/090902_mars.jhtml   (1728 words)

 Astrobiology Magazine
Even if alien life is limited to microscopic organisms, astrobiologists say the discovery will change human society in profound ways.
Copernicus asserted that the earth was not the center of the biological universe.
But that's probably not what's going to happen with [intelligent] extraterrestrial life.and#8230; It's much more likely that you're going to have radio contact" because of the vastness of space.
www.astrobio.net /news/print.php?sid=163   (1538 words)

 Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? By Brother Guy Consolmagno Jesuit planet life universe theology Jesus Christ ...
Speaking of alien life forms...it's one of those questions that we get asked over and over again, mostly by reporters or people who don't know us very well.
Stephen Dick has recently written an excellent popular book on the history of how people through the ages have viewed the possibility of extraterrestrials ("Life on Other Worlds", Cambridge University Press, 1998).
He notes that most atheists seem to think discovering extraterrestrial life would be the death of religion; but, in fact, most religious people don't see it that way at all.
www.beliefnet.com /story/35/story_3519_1.html   (735 words)

 Life Beyond Earth - UFOs
Read some of the case studies to learn more about "close encounters" over the years, and for an in-depth case study of a 1969 sighting, adapted from "UFOs Explained" by Phil Klass.
Since June 24, 1947, the day American pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine unidentified flying objects in the sky, UFO sightings have become a staple of science fiction plots, government cover-up theories, scientific inquiry, and popular culture.
Eight days after Arnold's sighting, 'flying saucers' captured national attention with the alleged crash of an extraterrestrial spacecraft in Roswell, New Mexico, a town that has since built a tourism industry on its claim to fame as a UFO hotspot.
www.pbs.org /lifebeyondearth/listening/ufos.html   (255 words)

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