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Should SETI Stop?

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Tedd asked over on Lockergnome.net if we feel that SETI should continue. SETI is the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. It is the collective name for a number of activities people undertake to search for extraterrestrial life. SETI projects use scientific methods to search for electromagnetic transmissions from civilizations on distant planets. The United States government contributed to earlier SETI projects, but recent work has been primarily funded by private sources.

There are great challenges in searching across the sky for a first transmission that could be characterized as intelligent, since its direction, spectrum and method of communication are all unknown beforehand. SETI projects necessarily make assumptions to narrow the search, and thus no exhaustive search has been conducted so far.

The answers poured in with people on both sides of the issue. Personally, I do believe that there is intelligent life elsewhere in this universe of ours. We just haven’t found it yet. There’s more to this great universe than what we have discovered. It’s been argued that there are more than three dimensions. How can we know that which we do not know?

I think it would be almost depressing if we are the only living beings to be found anywhere. Heck, it’s kind of strange to think that we’re the only “intelligent” life. Humans rule this planet – at least for now. I just can’t imagine us being the only ones, though. I don’t even want to imagine a universe where we are the smartest things out there.

What do you believe? Are there ETs out there somewhere?

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