Extraterrestrial Altruism

Evolution and Ethics in the Cosmos


ISBN: 978-3-642-37749-5 (Print) 978-3-642-37750-1 (Online)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv

  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1

    2. Chapter

      Pages 3-22

      Cosmic Evolution, Reciprocity, and Interstellar Tit for Tat

  3. The Evolution of Altruism: Is Transmitting Dangerous?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 23-23

    2. Chapter

      Pages 25-35

      Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Friends, Foes, or Just Curious?

    3. Chapter

      Pages 37-48

      Eliciting Altruism While Avoiding Xenophobia: A Thought Experiment

    4. Chapter

      Pages 49-63

      Predator—Prey Models and Contact Considerations

    5. Chapter

      Pages 65-77

      Harmful ETI Hypothesis Denied: Visiting ETIs Likely Altruists

    6. Chapter

      Pages 79-91

      Altruism Toward Non-Humans: Lessons for Interstellar Communication

    7. Chapter

      Pages 93-109

      Caring Capacity and Cosmocultural Evolution: Potential Mechanisms for Advanced Altruism

    8. Chapter

      Pages 111-127

      The Precautionary Principle: Egoism, Altruism, and the Active SETI Debate

  4. Inferring Altruism

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 129-129

    2. Chapter

      Pages 131-140

      The Accidental Altruist: Inferring Altruism from an Extraterrestrial Signal

    3. Chapter

      Pages 141-167

      Interstellar Intersubjectivity: The Significance of Shared Cognition for Communication, Empathy, and Altruism in Space

    4. Chapter

      Pages 169-189

      Other Minds, Empathy, and Interstellar Communication

    5. Chapter

      Pages 191-207

      Interspecies Altruism: Learning from Species on Earth

  5. Universal Ethics and Law

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 209-209

    2. Chapter

      Pages 211-222

      Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Altruism

    3. Chapter

      Pages 223-229

      Kenotic Ethics and SETI: A Present-Day View

    4. Chapter

      Pages 231-247

      Altruism, Metalaw, and Celegistics: An Extraterrestrial Perspective on Universal Law-Making

  6. Representing Altruism

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 249-249

    2. Chapter

      Pages 251-260

      A Logic-Based Approach to Characterizing Altruism in Interstellar Messages

    3. Chapter

      Pages 261-273

      Equity and Democracy: Seeking the Common Good as a Common Ground for Interstellar Communication

    4. Chapter

      Pages 275-294

      Patterns of Extraterrestrial Culture

    5. Chapter

      Pages 295-308

      Evolutionary Perspectives on Interstellar Communication: Images of Altruism

  7. Back Matter

    Pages 309-329