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Where Are They?: And why haven't we found them yet? by [Steven Lazaroff, Mark Rodger]

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"The question of whether or not we're alone in the Universe is one of the biggest and most profound questions we can ask. This thought-provoking examination of the science and philosophy behind this question is well-researched and eminently readable." 
-Nick Pope UK Ministry of Defense (Retired) 
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"All in all, Where Are They? by Steven Lazaroff and Mark Rodger is probably the most engaging and reader-friendly nonfiction book on aliens I have had the pleasure of reviewing, at least in recent memory. 
-David Ben Efraim (Quick Book Reviews)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 -EARTHLINGS MEET ALIENS- What would happen in a hypothetical situation where we met Intelligent Alien life?

CHAPTER 2 - THE SETI PROJECT - A discussion on the current status of the SETI project, their mission, and efforts.

CHAPTER 3 - THE KARDASHEV SCALE - A look at the different stages of possible Alien technological development.

CHAPTER 4 - THE RARE EARTH - Intelligent life on Earth is due to an improbable combination of events and circumstances.

CHAPTER 5 - THE GAIAN BOTTLENECK - It's not that life has never emerged in the universe -- it just never had the chance to grow or evolve.

CHAPTER 6 - THE GREAT FILTER - Climate change induced by "energy intensive" civilizations may prevent sustainability within such civilizations.

CHAPTER 7 - THE GREAT SILENCE - The possibility that there is a pan-Galactic Federation with a charter resolution of Non-Interference.

CHAPTER 8 -THE EARLY BIRD THEORY - Our galaxy is the first. Soon we'll be heading out there expecting to find aliens looking for us, but instead, we'll be the ones enacting the prime directive.

CHAPTER 9 -NOT LIFE AS WE KNOW IT... - Robots, Cyborgs, Androids, or Super Evolved beings we just can't see.

CHAPTER 10 - A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF US - We are expecting results far too quickly. It isn't a question of "Where are they?" but "When will we first hear them?"

CHAPTER 11 - IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY - It's entirely possible that other advanced civilisations exist, but that they are simply too far away to observe.

CHAPTER 12 - ISOLATIONISM - Perhaps when a civilisation reaches a certain level of development, instead of turning outwards it turns inwards.

CHAPTER 13 - BREAK ON THROUGH - TO THE OTHER SIDE - A black hole could be the doorway into another universe. Or into a dimension that most humans can't even imagine.

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  • ASIN : B07DWNRF9H
  • Publisher : RodgerLaz Publishing S.E.N.C. (September 18, 2018)
  • Publication date : September 18, 2018
  • Language : English
  • File size : 382 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 284 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking but one big notable omission
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5.0 out of 5 stars 🌌👽👾This book opens up loads of what if questions. A very enjoyable read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 🌌👽👾This book opens up loads of what if questions. A very enjoyable read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2021
Are we alone in the universe? This question is examined in this thought provoking book by Steven Lazaroff and Mark Rodger, 'Where are they and why haven't we found them'.

I really thoroughly enjoyed this book and it's a shame that I've finished it. I normally have a few hours free in the evenings and rather than watch TV I opted to read this book instead. I'm not a heavy reader and this book took me a week to finish and I looked forward to each evening to reading this.

The author examines many reasons why we may apparently think that we are alone in the vast universe. Some of the reasons which I found interesting were the fact that our solar system was born in a way which is a fluke in the whole cosmos that allowed intelligent life to evolve whereas normally as soon as life develops elsewhere it is very short lived. We are just an experiment to see what happens and this experiment is overseen by advanced beings, this theory I find very doubtful. Our solar system and the Milky Way was one of the first to develop and settle allowing intelligent life to evolve thus we are one of the first in the universe. Intelligent life is out there but they are purposely keeping themselves hidden from us as we are too disruptive a species. There's more but you'll have to read it for yourself.

One really interesting part of the book was that intelligent life is in the universe and it's so far away that we will never see it or communicate due to the vast distances. If we are going to want to explore the universe we would have to upload our minds into robots and set out on long journeys which could take billions of years (forget that idea).

My conclusion from reading this book and which has been mentioned by the author is that due to the size of the universe in terms of light years, any signals that are coming from intelligent life, including us, are still making their way throughout the cosmos and it's only a matter of time until these are intercepted by us and them, be it next year, 10 years or even a 1000 years time, it will happen. Although, as mentioned by other reviewers, I don't know why the 'WOW' signal was omitted from this book as that was, and still to this day, never explained.

The chapters in this book could quite easily be adapted to a TV documentary, many documentaries have covered this subject at great lengths however this book would be fitting for such an undertaking. I'm looking forward to the next book!

Highly recommended.
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Mr. Stephen Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas but contains errors and no references for any science quoted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok, conservative but not much
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