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List of Figures Acknowledgements Introduction: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence as an Interdisciplinary Effort Albert A. Harrison and Douglas A. Vakoch PART I: DOES EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE EXIST? Chapter 1. Are We Alone? Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestrial Intelligence Seth Shostak Chapter 2. Encountering Alternative Intelligences: Cognitive Archaeology and SETI Paul K. Wason Chapter 3. The Lifetimes of Scientific Civilizations and the Genetic Evolution of the Brain Alan J. Penny Chapter 4. 'L' on Earth Kathryn Denning PART II: REACTIONS TO DISCOVERING LIFE BEYOND EARTH Chapter 5. Can SETI Fulfill the Value Agenda of Cultural Anthropology? Donald E. Tarter Chapter 6. American Attitudes about Life beyond Earth: Beliefs, Concerns, and the Role of Education and Religion in Shaping Public Perceptions George Pettinico Chapter 7. Cultural Beliefs about Extraterrestrials: A Questionnaire Study William Sims Bainbridge Chapter 8. The Science and Politics of SETI: How to Succeed in an Era of Make Believe History and Pseudoscience Albert A. Harrison PART III: COMMUNICATION WITH EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE Chapter 9. Cultural Aspects of Interstellar Communication Carl L. DeVito Chapter 10. Cosmic Storytelling: Primitive Observables as Rosetta Analogies Harry Letaw, Jr. Chapter 11. Direct Contact with Extraterrestrials via Computer Emulation William Sims Bainbridge Chapter 12. The Inscrutable Names of God: The Jesuit Missions of New France as a Model for SETI-Related Spiritual Questions Jason T. Kuznicki Chapter 13. ET Phone Darwin: What Can an Evolutionary Understanding of Animal Communication and Art Contribute to Our Understanding of Methods for Interstellar Communication? Kathryn Coe, Craig T. Palmer, and Christina Pomianek Chapter 14. A Journalistic Perspective on SETI-Related Message Composition Morris Jones Notes on Contributors

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Douglas A. Vakoch is Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute. He serves as Chair of both the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Study Group on Interstellar Message Construction and the IAA Study Group on Active SETI: Scientific, Technical, Societal, and Legal Dimensions. His books include Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CETI), Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective, and Ecofeminism and Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Sex, Technology, and Discourse. Albert A. Harrison is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. In addition to researching the societal dimensions of astrobiology and SETI, he studies human adaptation to spaceflight and spaceflight-analogous environments. His books include After Contact: The Human Response to Extraterrestrial Life;Starstruck: Cosmic Visions in Science, Religion, and Folklore; Spacefaring: The Human Dimension; Living Aloft: Human Requirements for Extended Spaceflight; and From Antarctica to Outer Space: Life in Isolation and Confinement.

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"For years sections of the SETI [Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence] community have bemoaned the fact that the social sciences are often sidelined in favour of the hard sciences when it comes to SETI discussion. Civilizations Beyond Earth starts to redress the balance, edited skillfully by Douglas Vakoch, the only sociologist on staff at the SETI Institute in California, and Albert Harrison, a psychologist from the University of California." * Astronomy " - a fascinating collection of essays examining how humanity might react to extraterrestrials - While [the book] is academically rigorous, it's also accessible...it remains an essential introduction for anyone interested in SETI, xenobiology and UFOs." * ForteanTimes

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