Thursday, August 05, 2010

Other Earths - Communication Between Worlds - Two Newly Archived Editions of Spiritual Awakening Radio


Other Earths - Communication Between Worlds - Two Newly Archived Editions of Spiritual Awakening Radio




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"Earth is a beautiful jewel whose dominant life form, humans, are a primitive carbon based species engaged in tribal warfare. Their spiritual essence is suppressed, their history forgotten, and they look to corrupt religious leaders for guidance. Humans use other life forms for food, sport, entertainment and research. They pollute everything in reach." From the SETI Earth Speaks Project, a Treasure-trove of wisdom reflecting about the human condition: http://twitter.com/SETiEarthSpeaks




"If some day we detect a technological civilization around a distant star, one of our most critical decisions," says psychologist Doug Vakoch, "will be whether we should reply, and if so, what we should say." As the Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute, Vakoch leads an international group of scientists, artists, and scholars from the humanities, as they ponder how we could communicate what it's like to be human across the vast distances of interstellar space.

My guest: Douglas Vakoch is the Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute, as well as the only social scientist employed by a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) organization. Dr. Vakoch researches ways that different civilizations might create messages that could be transmitted across interstellar space, allowing communication between humans and extraterrestrials even without face-to-face contact. He is particularly interested in how we might compose messages that would begin to express what it's like to be human.

Dr. Vakoch has published widely in scholarly books and journals in psychology, anthropology, astronautics, and the relationship between the arts and sciences. He is the editor of several forthcoming books, including Between Worlds: The Art and Science of Interstellar Message Composition (The MIT Press), Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective (NASA History Series), Ecofeminism in Literature and Rhetoric (Berghahn Books), and Culture in the Cosmos: Extraterrestrial Life and Society (Berghahn Books). His work has been featured in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Nature, Science, and Der Spiegel. As a spokesman on the cultural aspects of SETI, he has been interviewed on radio and television shows on the BBC, NPR, ABC, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, and many others.


Douglas Vakoch is the 
Director of Interstellar 
Message Composition 
at the SETI Institute


1) A link to Part One of my interview with Doug Vakoch of the SETI Institute, all about the Search for Extra-terrestrial Life and the Discovery of Earth-like Planets. Program Length: 60 Minutes - Click to Listen (Activates Windows Media Player or Your Default Player for the .ASX File Type): 

2) A link to Part Two of my interview with Doug Vakoch of the SETI Institute, all about the Search for Extra-terrestrial Life and the Discovery of Earth-like Planets. Program Length: 60 Minutes - Click to Listen(Activates Windows Media Player or Your Default Player for the .ASX File Type): 


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James
Spiritual Awakening Radio Productions