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Jacob Haqq-Misra received his PhD in astrobiology and meteorology. He currently works as a research scientist with the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science.
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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442110546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442110540
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,131,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ryan Alford on October 6, 2009
Planetary Messenger reminds us that it is inaccurate to view Homo Sapiens as the single most important species in the universe, and that just because we as humans walk upright in what we consider to be a technologically advanced society, that not all forms of life behave the same. Modern cultures assume that for non-human life to exist as a civilized colony, it must first appear and operate similarly to ourselves.

During Shane's travels to The Planet Finder convention in Washington D.C., Haqq-Misra unravels the flaws behind this unlogical means of comparison, and introduces unique theories to challenge the conflicts between science and religion. Shane learns that the success of human kind is largely attributed to chance, and that the facts behind our existence - whether acquired through historical records, scientific fact, religious scripture or personal belief - will continue to evolve. Though it may not be easy, we must allow culture and religion to incorporate new and understood viewpoints if we want to comprehend the bounds of life.
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An easy to follow, must-read for anyone who has had at least minimal exposure to the perplexing nature of science, religion, and airline travel. With both expertise and humility, a combination of qualities seldom found in academics, the author seamlessly intertwines aspects of biblical literature, philosophy, and the scientific underpinnings of searching for a planet like Earth to help the reader inch just a bit closer to some satisfying answers to the big questions about the significance of life.
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This is the book I've been waiting for on multiple philosophical levels. How can the non-literal, science-friendly Christianity that's so popular these days reconcile itself with some basic scientific tenets that are fundamentally contradictory? These book tackles many of these issues head-on with pointed and thorough panache. Though fiction, that's only a means to explore profound philosophical questions about how religion and science can mingle with evolution, cosmology and the human soul. There's also an important explanation to why we haven't encountered aliens yet given the amount of time the galaxy has existed (the Fermi Paradox).

Free-thinking Christians owe it to themselves to pick this up if only to equip themselves for an increasingly scientific and secular world. Even as an atheist, I find it answers many questions I have and raises even more: my favorite kind of philosophy.
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