Alien Mindscapes—A Perspective on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
To cite this article: Cabrol Nathalie A.. Astrobiology. July 2016, ahead of print.
doi: 10.1089/ast.2016.1536. Online Ahead of Print: July 6, 2016
Nathalie A. Cabrol
Carl Sagan Center, SETI Institute, Mountain View, California.
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Dr. Nathalie A. Cabrol
SETI Institute Carl Sagan Center
189 N Bernardo Ave. #200
Mountain View, CA 94043
Submitted 14 May 2016 Accepted 23 May 2016
Advances in planetary and space sciences, astrobiology, and life and cognitive sciences, combined with developments in communication theory, bioneural computing, machine learning, and big data analysis, create new opportunities to explore the probabilistic nature of alien life. Brought together in a multidisciplinary approach, they have the potential to support an integrated and expanded Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI1), a search that includes looking for life as we do not know it. This approach will augment the odds of detecting a signal by broadening our understanding of the evolutionary and systemic components in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI), provide more targets for radio and optical SETI, and identify new ways of decoding and coding messages using universal markers. Key Words: SETI—Astrobiology—Coevolution of Earth and life—Planetary habitability and biosignatures. Astrobiology 16, xxx–xxx.
I am particularly grateful to those who, through conversations, constructive criticism, suggestions, comments, and reviews at various stages of development have helped me articulate this perspective. Special thanks to Bill Diamond, David Darling, Margaret Race, Mark Showalter, and Jill Tarter for their inputs. Also thank you to Maggie Turnbull and Laurance Doyle for sharing thoughts over the past few months.
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