Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life (2003) It's one thing to write a critical examination of the flawed thinking that has shaped the way science considers the possibility of extraterrestrial life; it's… 2003-11-04 Science and Technology
Book Review

Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2003; Writer: David Grinspoon; Genre: Science and Technology

It's one thing to write a critical examination of the flawed thinking that has shaped the way science considers the possibility of extraterrestrial life; it's quite another to write one that actually begins ''It was a dark and stormy night...'' Such is the arched-brow humor favored by this astrobiologist and NASA adviser, who drops quotes from academic stalwarts like Madonna, R.E.M., and ''The Onion.'' Yet in his low-key, conversational language, Grinspoon asks provocative questions about modern science's unyielding rigidities; gives an informed, dispassionate consideration of the UFO phenomenon; and suggests that NASA might be a tad too preoccupied with Mars. Definitive proof that life on this planet is intelligent and funny.

Originally posted Nov 14, 2003 Published in issue #737 Nov 14, 2003 Order article reprints