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Deities for Atheists

Science  03 Mar 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5765, pp. 1244
DOI: 10.1126/science.1126115

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Civilized Life in the Universe. Scientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials. By George Basalla. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005. 247 pp. $29.95, £17.95. ISBN 0-19-517181-0.

Examining claims of scientists from Aristotle to Hawking, the author traces the cascading influence of speculation about the existence of civilized life on other planets.