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November 29, 2020

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Thomas Frick

Stephen Webb's "If the Universe is teeming with aliens, WHERE IS EVERYBODY?" is a very readable and comprehensive examination of "75 solutions to the Fermi Paradox."

I don't have it to hand, but I think there's some good material by Fred Hoyle on panspermia, some of it allied with his "viruses in space" theories.

I wish this class had been offered when I was in college!

Jeremy Kua

On the science side of things, and in reference to the last question in your first paragraph, you and your students might find the Astrobiology Primer (v2.0, in the journal Astrobiology, vol 16, pp562-653) a useful reference. I did not contribute to the primer. I am a chemist who just finished teaching a Chemical Origins of Life course aimed at junior/senior undergraduates this semester, which focused on chemistry (and not on philosophy).

Sam Watson

Book suggestion: https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691158075/strange-new-worlds

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