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A Multidimensional Impact Model for the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life

Vidal, Clément

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  <dc:creator>Vidal, Clément</dc:creator>
  <dc:description>Abstract: I first argue that the extraterrestrials we will find will not communicate, for the simple reason that they would likely be either immensely inferior or immensely superior to us. Then, I argue that the discovery of extraterrestrials will be slow, like other previous major scientific discoveries. I introduce a multidimensional model to assess and to prepare the impact of discovering extraterrestrial life. Twenty-six dimensions are introduced, illustrated with spider diagrams, which cover both what extraterrestrial might look like, and how humans may react.

Keywords: Astrobiology, extraterrestrial life, SETI, impact of discovery, slow discovery, Rio scale, worldview, spider diagram.

  <dc:publisher>Cambridge University Press</dc:publisher>
  <dc:subject>extraterrestrial life</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>impact of discovery</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>slow discovery</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>Rio scale</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>spider diagram</dc:subject>
  <dc:title>A Multidimensional Impact Model for the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life</dc:title>
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