The allure of alien life: a preview

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I’ll be giving a talk on “the allure of alien life” at a symposium at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress tomorrow. For more information, go to: http://www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/news/nasa-program-2014.html.

(See the page on this site, “The Allure of Alien Life,” for my paper and my slides.)

Today, the first day of this symposium, we heard a vigorous critique of the anthropocentric/ethnocentric/Western-White-Male-centric thinking that dominates the popular and scholarly discourse about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and speculations about “first contact.”

I guarantee you’ll hear more tomorrow. Tune in. The symposium is being webcast at: https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/loc/

If you miss the live event, the Kluge Center eventually will archive a video recording of the symposium.

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