From UKSRN member Matt Colborn: Conscious beings are a problem. We’re not sure how they fit into our world-picture. John Seale, for example, claims it’s difficult to square our self-conception as purposeful agents with a universe of mindless fields and forces. In SETI’s Drake equation, meanwhile, intelligence is not currently defined with reference to consciousness. […]Read more "Have Zombie Aliens conquered the Universe?"
From UKSRN member Stephen Baxter: HG Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1897) is 120 years old this year, yet many of its aspects remain fresh – including his depiction of the Martians. While the novel contains memorably horrific sequences of mass destruction and personal human peril, in fact Wells’s Martians were carefully devised as […]Read more "My Favourite Martians: The Depiction of the Alien in HG Wells’ “The War of the Worlds”"
Another year, another meeting of the UKSRN. This year we welcomed several of our collaborators from the Breakthrough Listen Lab at UCL Berkeley, and once more Claudio Maccone from the IAA Permanent Committee on SETI. It’s exciting to see our network reach out to colleagues across the USA and Europe! We also welcomed some new […]Read more "UKSRN2017: 2/3 March, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Manchester"
The UKSRN held its third meeting this week at Leeds Beckett University. We were privileged to host Claudio Maccone and Mike Garrett this year as representatives of the IAA SETI permanent committee. This year’s hot topic was the exciting announcement of Breakthrough Listen and Breakthrough Message. A working group was set up to investigate submitting […]Read more "UKSRN2015 – Leeds, 7/8 September"