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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:date>2016-01-01</dc:date>
<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.

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<dc:description>Vidal, C. 2015. "A Multidimensional Impact Model for the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life." In The Impact of Discovering Life Beyond Earth, edited by Steven J. Dick, 55–75. 10.1017/CBO9781316272480.006. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.</dc:description>
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<dc:subject>Astrobiology</dc:subject>
<dc:subject>extraterrestrial life</dc:subject>
<dc:subject>SETI</dc:subject>
<dc:subject>impact of discovery</dc:subject>
<dc:subject>slow discovery</dc:subject>
<dc:subject>Rio scale</dc:subject>
<dc:subject>worldview</dc:subject>
<dc:subject>spider diagram</dc:subject>
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