Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) - New York Times

Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are afraid of first contact. Others argue those fears are based on hubris, anthropomorphism, and a lack of understanding of elementary economics. Between the two, Steven Johnson takes a measured approach to Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (META) that's far from Abraham Loeb's The Case For Cosmic Modesty. Avi notes there may be more beings in heaven and Earth, mainstream science, than dreamt of in your grayface dogma. If that's the case, does different necessarily mean better? There is Monty Python's Galaxy Song and Douglas Adams's Total Perspective Vortex to keep humanity humble, but Nick Hughes has a different spin for the question "Do We Matter In The Cosmos?" harkening to Willy Wonka's admonition, "If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it." Amidst the sausage party of mainstream science, women might as well be aliens. One of SETI's leading lights, Jill Tarter, bucks that trend with Astrobiology And Hunting Aliens. Making Contact profiles Dr. Tarter, her maverick ideas, and why E.T. needs her to be on speed dial. Ramin Skibba has a deft summary of the book, which is certain to spark more than a few conversations at the beach. (CS)

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