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Silly season: Vast sums to be spent seeking space aliens

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First, we hear something sensible: Paul Davies: Search for alien microbial life on Earth: (= He advocates a search for evidence where there is a good chance it may be found, instead of the usual faint hope feeding frenzy and unmoored speculation.)

Now, just to prove silly season is here, we also learn the latest hot weather story abut intelligent aliens from New Statesman:

Be careful what you say to aliens

Seeking alien contact could be the thing that triggers our own implosion.

But even the benign scenarios about alien signals could be disruptive, in Davies’s view. Knowledge from an advanced civilisation would “change the economic and technological balance of the planet”, he says. And that’s what makes the latest development in alien-hunting so interesting. The Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has pledged $100bn to buy the SETI Institute astronomers search time on some of the most powerful radio telescopes in the United States. Thanks to his largesse, the search for alien signals will be able to take as much data in a day as they currently take in a year.

The Chinese may consider that a reason to accelerate their own programme. China is close to finishing construction of the world’s largest radio telescope, which is due to start operating in 2016, and has SETI as one of its goals.

If the Chinese astronomers see an alien signal, what will happen? No one knows. There is little reason to believe that they and their government funders will follow SETI Institute protocols. After all, the post-detection task group is hardly representative of humanity: it’s a self-appointed, all-white, all-western group of elite writers, philosophers and scientists. More.

We hear a giant sucking sound—of funds better used for serious science.

See also: Don’t let Mars fool you. Those exoplanets teem with life!

But surely we can’t conjure an entire advanced civilization?

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How do we grapple with the idea that ET might not be out there?

Actually, we don’t grapple with it. There is no way of showing that ET doesn’t exist. But a rule of thumb could be, if the years drag on, and the explanations for why the intelligent aliens have not been discovered, become more and more far-fetched…

On the other hand, consider the Luminarians …

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One Reply to “Silly season: Vast sums to be spent seeking space aliens

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    bornagain77 says:

    Tyson: “Their (SETIs) goal is the ultimate prize in the life finding game. Someone out there we can talk to.”
    Shostak: “Nothing to do but sit here and wait for them to call.”
    (And exactly at that moment the phone rings right behind Shostak).
    Shostak: “And on cue they’ve called.”
    – quotes as stated at 11:22 mimute mark – Where are the Aliens Origins Nova Neil Degrasse Tyson – video –
    https://youtu.be/6pSYBwyP-Yo?t=677

    I find it strange that the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) organization spends millions of dollars vainly searching for signs of extra-terrestrial life in this universe, when all anyone has to do to make solid contact with THE primary ‘extra-terrestrial intelligence’ of the entire universe is to pray with a sincere heart. God certainly does not hide from those who sincerely seek Him. Actually communicating with the Creator of the universe is certainly a lot more exciting than not communicating with some little green men that in all realistic probability, given naturalism, do not even exist.

    Isaiah 45:18-19
    For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘seek me in vain’; I, the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.”

    God Wants to Talk With You with Pastor Rick Warren – video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgYO-4goQyg

    “All my discoveries have been made in an answer to prayer.”
    Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727)

    “When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So I said, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well George, that’s more nearly your size.’ And he told me.”
    George Washington Carver

    John 10:27
    “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

    Mercy Me – Word of God Speak – music
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVi4jth2XSg

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