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Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

Written by Adam Frank

Narrated by Kevin Pariseau


Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth

Written by Adam Frank

Narrated by Kevin Pariseau

ratings:
4.5/5 (13 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Jun 12, 2018
ISBN:
9781684412792
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Light of the Stars is science at the grandest of scales, and it tells a radically new story about what we are: one world in a universe awash in planets. Building on his widely discussed scientific papers and New York Times op-eds, astrophysicist Adam Frank shows that not only is it likely that alien civilizations have existed many times before, but also that many of them have driven their own worlds into dangerous eras of change.

He explains how dust storms on Mars, the greenhouse effect on Venus, Gaia Theory, the threat of nuclear winter, and efforts to prove or disprove the plurality of worlds from Aristotle to Copernicus to Carl Sagan have contributed to our understanding of our place in the universe and the growing challenge of climate change. And he raises what may be the largest question of all: If there has been life on other worlds, what can its presence tell us about our own fate?

Released:
Jun 12, 2018
ISBN:
9781684412792
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Adam Frank is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He co-edited, with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader, and he has written and produced two full-length recorded audiodramas.

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  • (3/5)
    An interesting topic and history oriented book relating to life among the planets, including our own. This was an audio book for me and I found it easy and attention getting to follow.The questions delved into were how life begins, as we know it. And if we are the only ones out there or here. And as typical of humans we are still like the cavemen looking out of their caves wondering. The book gets very much into ecosystems and environment with a bent toward the save the planet crowd. Regardless of your persuasion on this topic, lots to chew on here.
  • (5/5)
    Easy to listen to, well exposed arguments. Learned that: climate should be looked upon a planetary scale. Climate Change is inevitable for a growing civilization. Climate Change should be "managed" at a planetary level. Humanity as a whole has to decide that this a must for our civilization to survive, doing so would be a sign that we are an "adult" civilization, not a "teenager" anymore. I learned also what "astrobiology" is.
  • (4/5)

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    What practical use is research into possible extraterrestrial live and civilizations?

    We need a new frame to think about our own planet and our relationship. It's just false to all the evidence that we don't affect the habitability of Earth. It's unhelpful, providing no useful path forward, to think of ourselves as a completely malign, destructive force.

    We need a new story to tell ourselves, that correctly places us as an active force on Earth, currently doing a lot of damage out of our ignorance until now, but able to change direction and, through use of our growing knowledge, able to make different, more useful decisions.

    Adam Frank looks at both the history of our thinking and investigation of the idea of alien life, up to and including the recent explosion of discovery of extrasolar planets and what that means for the likelihood that other technologically advanced civilizations at least have existed, and the history of our growing understanding of our real impact on the habitability of Earth for us and our technologically advanced civilization. It turns out that that history of growing understanding of the crucial factor of our contribution to global warming goes back not to the 1970s, but to the latter part of the 19th century.

    He looks at how early life changed our planet to make in habitable for life like us, the crucial fact that it's not Earth we need to worry about protecting, but ourselves (Earth, and life, will go one almost regardless of what we do, but we might not), and how even the study of certainly lifeless Venus and so far not proven to harbor life Mars have enhanced our understanding of Earth and our relationship to it. Even understanding that planets, at all sizes and types, are fairly common in the universe, and that therefore it's wildly unlikely that we're the first technological civilization to exist, expands our understanding. We further need to understand whether it's common, possible, or wildly unlikely for civilizations to survive the technological and environmental bottleneck we are currently struggling through.

    We want to be a civilization that survives.

    It's a fascinating book, and well worth reading. Recommended.

    I initially borrowed this book from my local library, and then bought it.

    1 person found this helpful