This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

What Does A Martian Look Like By Jack Cohen And Ian Stewart

2042 words - 8 pages

ET: Who wore it better?
We’ve all heard, seen or read about those Sci fi stories about communicating with the aliens.
Depicted more realistic than others, the aliens range in appearance from dangerous reptilian like
monsters like in Aliens to cute little talking and walking teddy bears like in Star Wars. The aliens in these
stories most of the time take over our planet and threaten human existence, while few depict very
opposite storylines containing peace. In “What does a Martian Look like” by Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart,
the authors try to achieve a more realistic viewpoint on alien life and to un-Hollywood-ize the prospect
of other life in our universe. The fact that there is no evidence supporting the theory of other life,
doesn’t faze Cohen and Stewart at all. In fact, they mention the lack of evidence and argue that the lack
of evidence doesn’t support either side of the argument for or against the prospect of alien life
argument. While the authors analyze the prospect of alien life, they look at everything from the
definition of alien to the definition of life and life on other planets.
In truth, the book can be summed up in one sentence: we don’t know; therefore we can’t tell
you. However, that truly wasn’t the point of the book-to answer the question posed in the book’s title.
The point of the book was to theoretically lay out the findings of what is or can be considered an “alien”
and truly analyze what society deems an “alien.” The book starts by laying out a fine foundation of the
whole prospect of looking for alien life, Astrobiology versus Xenoscience. The authors first laid out a very
unbiased description of Astrobiology, showing that it is both the thinking of astrology and biology, the
study of stars along with the study of life. However, as soon as they lay that out, the authors turn
around and refute it. Xenoscience is the most probable option and better of the two to go about
analyzing alien life. Xenoscience is the study of aliens, and alien life. While there’s not much to go on,
the argument against Astrobiology is the biology part. While biology is about the study of life, it is about
the life on Earth. While Earth is a place to start learning about life and how to define what is alive, there
are so many possibilities that can qualify as life and not be deemed by what is alive or could work on
Earth. However, Xenoscience (Xeno meaning strange in Greek, therefore strange science) broadens the
search of alien life horizons (6). The definition of life is changing daily. How can something be alive
without any sun? Yet that is possible, even more, possible on Earth, therefore, there are so many
combinations that can be made and yet still have alien life.
Continuing on, the authors freely admit their perceived knowledge and their assumptions on the
reader to have at least some knowledge on the subject. Both Cohen and Stewart have PhD’s
respectively, and both have...

Find Another Essay On What does a Martian Look Like by Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart

"A Martian Sends a Postcard Home" by Craig Raine

888 words - 4 pages books and what they are reading. In stanza three the Martian has never seen a "mechanical bird" fly but he has seen them perched on hands before. Someone could have construed this stanza as, he never saw a book fly, but he does see them being held by people in their hands.The following stanza, stanza number four the alien is talking about early morning fog, he says, "Mist is when the sky is tired of flight / and rests its soft machine on ground

"A Martian Sends A Postcard Home" By Craig Raine

587 words - 3 pages In "A Martian Sends a Postcard Home," Craig Raine uses many metaphors to describe what a Martian would see if he came to earth. In the first stanza Raine uses metaphors to describe what a Martian may think a book looks like. Raine makes reference to William Caxton, who was the first to print books in England, in the first stanza; "Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings / and some are treasured for their markings. A book would resemble a

The Martian Chronicles, a book by Ray Bradbury, is a

637 words - 3 pages The Martian Chronicles, a book by Ray Bradbury, is a series of short stories about man migrating to the Red Planet. The book tells many interesting tales of what life on Mars might be like. In this book Ray Bradbury looks into the future to see what life will be like. He predicts that many social issues among humans will get worse. He believes that topics such as racism, war, and over- reliance on technology, will not only still exist, but will

"A Martian Sends A Postcard Home" by Craig Raine

1496 words - 6 pages raises the question of are we alone in the universe straight to the forefront of our minds for a fresh examination.The structure of "A Martian Sends A Postcard Back Home" is very much like a postcard in itself, only this is a confused postcard. Postcards rarely require a response however, this one certainly does in the form of clarification. The Martian gets confused with the difference between a baby and a telephone, (st10-12), emphasising the

Analysis of Insanity Developed by Cohen and Coffin

1094 words - 4 pages . Retrieved March 6, 2014. Caputi, J. (1989). The Sexual Politics of Murder. Gender and Society, Special Issue: Violence against Women, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 447. Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. Retrieved March 6, 2014. Cohen, L., & Coffin, T. (1946) The Pattern of Murder in Insanity. A Criterion of the Murderer's Abnormality. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

What was going on in America between 1810-1830. What might America look like through the eyes of a foreinger like Alexis Tocqueville?

1153 words - 5 pages Tocqueville came to the United States to study the U.S. prison systems. For the nine months he was in America he traveled, observed, and interviewed many different types of people. The observing and interviewing led him to write a two volume work, Democracy in America, which even today is still frequently quoted by politicians and people of the like. His theories about democracy and his experience in America led him to make some pretty accurate

The Colors of Love, Lies and Pride-Jack and Algernon are like a Rubik's cube- Comparison essay

720 words - 3 pages Erno Rubik was a Hungarian mathematician who created the 80's fad the Rubik's cube. This cube is made up of six sides, each of which has nine colored squares. The puzzle of the cube is to get all like colors on the same side of the cube. In the "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde, the characters Jack and Algernon are like a Rubik's cube, they have many colors that are mixed with each other, but they all come together in the end

How Should Zambia Look Like in 2024 from a Tourism and Recreational Perspective

2186 words - 9 pages The purpose of this report is to give an answer on an important question “How should the destination Zambia look like in 2024, from a tourism and recreational perspective?." As a policy employee for the Ministry of Tourism & Arts in Zambia, the vision of Zambia for 10 years will be shown. Tourism policy needs improvements, and in order to meet with stakeholders, vision and explanation needs to be done. All information is reliable in the report

What Work in Canada Will Look Like in the Future?

1843 words - 7 pages What Work in Canada Will Look Like in the Future Work is more than just a way of earning money to pay the bills; it is also a key feature of our culture and provides people with purpose and dignity. Many people define themselves by what they do. Thus, determining the future prospects for the job market in Canada is very important (Watson 2008). For the most part, Canada’s economy has done relatively well during the recent economic crisis

Cathy's Book by Sean Stewart, Jordan Weisman, and Cathy Briggs

1310 words - 5 pages genuine(which is the point, I'm pretty sure) because it actually looked like a teenage girl wrote it. All throughout the book you can see places where "Cathy" went back and wrote something in pen. One of my favorite examples of this is when Cathy is theorizing about Victor and his motives. She types "I think I've got it! What if," and then handwritten on the side it says "I just cannot for the life of me remember what I figured out,"(Stewart, Weisman

"No Sugar" by Jack Davis: How does the text present minority groups and their reaction to oppression?

954 words - 4 pages The stage drama No Sugar, by Jack Davis explores the bad treatment of minority groups and their responses to this treatment. The performance set in the 1930's presents the Milimurra family who are the minority group fighting against the injustices inflicted on them by white authorities. No Sugar provides a voice for the aboriginal people, confronts European Australians with the past, restores Aboriginal culture and pride and explored the value

Similar Essays

What Does Quality Teaching Look Like?

838 words - 4 pages . Another question we are faced with is what does quality learning look like. Quality learning is very important. Quality learning is when students are building on the knowledge they already posses. Student participation is key in quality learning. They must be involved in the lesson and show they are interested in the certain lesson. Students should be able to work on their own pace and show they are excited about a certain subject. Quality

Where Does English Go From Here: How Will The Language Look Like In The Future?

1162 words - 5 pages future development of a language. Without sufficient data on the history of English it is next to impossible to determine how the future development stages will look like. In this chapter I will briefly explore the history of the English language and the major things contributing in language change. In the academic context, it is a widely believed fact that the present day English language is a descendant of some sort of a common Indo-European

What Should A Novel Look Like?

1213 words - 5 pages makes Huck Fin a “truthful” modern novel, rather than any other fiction literature. Outlining the crucial parts of what all modern literature should look like is not an easy task. Twain uses his three points to capture the truths of what a novel should look like, and what the reader should learn from the experiences taken on by the main character, Huck. Huck’s journeys teaches us the lesson of weather we should let “what is normal” to mold

What Does Jack London Mean By "The Love Of Life"?

824 words - 3 pages Many people today could easily say that they loved and appreciated life, that living in this world was a privilege that they would do anything to maintain. Through a story called "The Love of Life", Jack London demonstrates what the true definition of loving life is like. He does not illustrate the "love of life" as something simple and pleasurable, but as something that is excruciating. London uses the phrase "love of life" with the definition