Alien Universe: Extraterrestrial Life in Our Minds and in by Don Lincoln

By Don Lincoln

If extraterrestrials exist, the place are they? what's the chance that someplace available in the market within the universe an Earth-like planet helps a complicated tradition? Why achieve this many folks declare to have encountered extraterrestrial beings? during this gripping exploration, scientist Don Lincoln exposes and explains the truths in regards to the trust in and the hunt for alien life.In the 1st 1/2 Alien Universe, Lincoln seems to Western civilization's collective photograph of extraterrestrial beings, displaying how our perceptions of extraterrestrials have advanced through the years. The roots of this trust will be traced way back to our earliest popularity that there have been different planets within the universe, and the assumption of extraterrestrial beings has involved us ever for the reason that. the realm used to be fooled within the 19th century through the nice Moon Hoax of 1835 and back within the 20th with Orson Welles's 1938 radio broadcast, The battle of the Worlds. And our carrying on with curiosity is mirrored in leisure successes equivalent to E.T.,...

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Although this unasked for answer bore no resemblance to anything in his knowledge or in the various fields of expertise to which his knowledge related, only someone steeped in such knowledge could have both recognized the significance of the vision and translated it into the common language of that field. The mind here thus proves more problematic than the casual “hopper” referred to by Gould in his account. Missing is the key element in all ordinary Eureka! experiences: No seed was planted, no passionate intent drove Gould in singular pursuit of a goal, no search or gathering of material had taken place.

Examples of Laski’s Eureka! experience include William Hamilton’s discovery of his famous quaternion theory, a cornerstone of modern mathematics. Hamilton had spent years trying to solve a particular 35 36 • Culture as a negative field effect mathematical enigma, with his wife reporting that again and again he grew discouraged and quit his pursuit, vowing he would waste no more of his time on it, only to be caught up in his quest by a new angle he had not thought of before. Finally, after fifteen years of this, he truly quit, lamenting that he had wasted the best years of his life.

Dark preceding dawn. We come to a dark night. We bottom out, bitter, perhaps, over a wasted life or portion of life. At this point, all hope abandoned, the goal no longer entertained as even a possibility, the answer may (or may not) arrive. At some odd out-of-mind moment, while we think of nothing, the answer may fall upon us unbidden, filling the vacuum of blank thought. In a single flash we “see” something not seen before—and perhaps not having existed before. , arrives full-blown in the mind, not piecemeal, but instead as a single unified whole, perfect and complete in every detail.

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