From Mindy Weinberger, interviewing SETIs Seth Shostak at LiveScience:
“The search should continue, simply because it’s a very interesting question,” he said.
“Is Earth special? Is it the only place around with intelligent life? That would be remarkable — but it’s just as remarkable to find you’re not the only kid on the block. That’s something that would change our view of ourselves forever,” he said. More.
But how or why would their discovery “change our view of ourselves forever”? Wouldn’t we still be the same?
See also: But surely we can’t conjure an entire advanced civilization?
How do we grapple with the idea that ET might not be out there?
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