Interesting discussion at “Don’t defund SETI, science broadcaster pleads.” Could SETI just merge with ID and study evidence of intelligence in signals along those lines?
Otherwise, it could merge with astrobiology units at various universities and restrict itself to looking for evidence of bacterial life in outer space.
SETI has always been handicapped by the Saganesque silliness about space aliens, which made it vulnerable to any politician looking for a program he can trim or cut, by making it sound ridiculous. Put another way, the unemployed don’t care if there are space aliens or not.
But that would cut the heart out of the mission of a project that, through SETI@home, has assembled vast volunteer computational resources. What a waste.
If what they want is evidence for intelligence, they should take a serious look at intelligent design theory. Thoughts?