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The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) - Are We Alone in the Universe?


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Initial post: Jun 15, 2008 2:02:33 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2009 12:10:14 AM PST
Yoshiro Aoki says:
SETI is the modern equivalent of the idea of shooting ones self to the moon via cannon.

Radio waves attenuate within a few dozen light years, and why use lasers or anything electromagnetic for communication over vast distances anyway? Why, when instantaneous communications across any distance are possible using quantum particle pairs (Einstein's `spooky action at a distance')? Surely something from the early 20th century is very old hat to ET and friends.

Just like the 1920's science fiction ideas of space travel are hilarious, so is SETI. However, such silly ideas inspired us to the science that got us to the moon. SETI for that reason is important.

And 100 years of radio broadcasting is totally irrelevant to the fact that Earth's atmosphere has been broadcasting its highly interesting and complex spectra to the cosmos for over 4 billion years now. Anyone that's anybody in the universe knows we are here, let alone within 100 light years. Thats a plain simple fact.

I wouldn't be surprised if our solar system is a space protected area, much like marine protected areas on Earth; a Hanauma Bay in space of sorts. I'd suspect the solar system to be instrumented, and that the space containing it perhaps all the way out to the heliopause buffered to conduct the real communication mechanisms around and away from our solar system. Perhaps that is the source of the delta V we see from the Voyager probes.

Crazy? Not nearly as crazy as hoping to pick ET up on the electromagnetic spectrum.

Fermi asked `so where are they?' The answer is, wherever they want to be.
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