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  • ISBN: 9780190692889
  • ISBN: 019069288X
  • Physical Description: xvi, 269 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-257) and index.
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A tour of Silicon Valley with Jacques Vallee -- The invisible Tyler D. -- James: master of the multiverse -- In the field : the war is virtual, the blood is real -- When Star Wars became real : the mechanisms of belief -- The material code : from the disembodied soul to the materiality of quantum information -- The human receiver : matter, information, energy... contact -- Real and imaginary : Tyler D.'s spiritual conversion in Rome -- The artifact.
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"More than half of American adults and more than seventy-five percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life. This level of belief rivals that of belief in God. In American Cosmic, D.W. Pasulka examines the mechanisms that foster a thriving belief in extraterrestrial life. Her work takes her from Silicon Valley to the Vatican Secret Archive and reveals how media has supplanted religion as a cultural authority that offers believers answers about non-human intelligent life"-- Provided by publisher.
"More than half of American adults and more than seventy-five percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life. This level of belief rivals that of belief in God. [This book] examines the mechanisms at work behind the thriving belief system in extraterrestrial life, a system that is changing and even supplanting traditional religions. Over the course of a six-year ethnographic study, D.W. Pasulka interviewed successful and influential scientists, professionals, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who believe in extraterrestrial intelligence, thereby disproving the common misconception that only fringe members of society believe in UFOs. She argues that widespread belief in aliens is due to a number of factors including their ubiquity in modern media like The X-Files, which can influence memory, and the believability lent to that media by the search for planets that might support life. American Cosmic explores the intriguing question of how people interpret unexplainable experiences, and argues that the media is replacing religion as a cultural authority that offers believers answers about non-human intelligent life."--Dust jacket.
Subject: Unidentified flying objects Religious aspects
Unidentified flying objects in popular culture
Life on other planets Religious aspects
Extraterrestrial beings in popular culture
Extraterrestrial beings in popular culture
Life on other planets Religious aspects
Unidentified flying objects in popular culture
Unidentified flying objects Religious aspects
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
Genre: Nonfiction.
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