SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
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How to explain the Great Silence? Is there intelligent life in the universe?
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The Other Kind of Aliens

The Other Kind of Aliens | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

In response to a flurry of interest that’s been stirred by Stephen Hawking’s new Discovery Channel show—specifically, his lead-in episode about extraterrestrials, wherein he recommended against our calling attention to ourselves—David Brin continues the discussion about Hawking and aliens, with added contributions by and about Paul Davies, Robin Hanson, and others.

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A Contrarian Persepctive on Altruism: The Dangers of First Contact

A Contrarian Persepctive on Altruism: The Dangers of First Contact | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

The concept of Altruism conveys certain assumptions. The first is that altruism -- a selfless imperative to assist others without expectation of reward -- is likely to be a valued attribute among advanced technological civilizations. Moreover, it implies that humanity should strive to display this attribute in communicating with extraterrestrial life forms that may be 1E8 to1E9 years ahead of us in development. Finally, the overall topic under discussion in this series of workshops -- how to craft and send a deliberate message from Earth into space -- is based on the supposition that we can dismiss any substantial likelihood that transmitting will exposed humanity and our world to danger.
Are these assumptions warranted? Or do they reflect the personal inclinations and wishes of a narrow group, arising from a particular culture and era? Given the potentially overwhelming implications of Contact, we may be wise to reflect upon the full range of possible outcomes, not only those we yearn for. I, for one, would feel more confident in the inevitability of alien altruism if that beneficent trait appeared more often in nature.

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Crowd-sourced "Solutions" to the Fermi Paradox - Contest Winners!

Crowd-sourced "Solutions" to the Fermi Paradox - Contest Winners! | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

Why the Great Silence in the galaxy? Are we alone? I put this question to the folks at my fan site, spurred by the offer of a prize --. We got a fair number of submissions and the top responses are presented here, ranging from the serious and thoughtful to the humorous and ironic...

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El gran silencio

El gran silencio | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it
Si el Universo está atestado de civilizaciones inteligentes, ¿por qué todavía no hemos contactado con ninguna?
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SETI, METI… and Assessing Risk like Adults

SETI, METI… and Assessing Risk like Adults | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

To make things perfectly clear, what we METI dissidents have asked — and ALL that we have asked — is for a series of open, eclectic, vigorous and thorough discussions to be held, probing this matter of risk from all sides, before individuals and small groups jump the gun, peremptorily blaring yoohoo ‘messages’ into space, arrogating the right to speak to aliens on behalf of all humanity. So far, these stunts are being pulled by a small subset of radio astronomers and fans — or commercial owners of tracking dishes that had been built by taxpayer funds — who deliberately avoid collegiality with other sciences, fleeing input from experts in pertinent fields like history, biology, anthropology, planetary science or, indeed, any other discipline that might shed light onto a vast range of conceivable outcomes from First Contact.

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Sci-fi star asks: Is anybody out there?

Sci-fi star asks: Is anybody out there? | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

Speculating about extraterrestrial civilization boils down to asking “what are the factors that went into making us?” It spans every science, from understanding the evolving cyles of stable stars to discovering how common planets are, to filling in the remaining gaps between raw chemistry and complex biology, all the way to gaining understanding about what we mean by “intelligence.” With so many Earth species -- like dolphins, apes, parrots, sea lions -- showing borderline abilities to think in sophisticated ways, we are starting to see that word as encompassing a spectrum, not a unique gift, and that spectrum may span many other realms, out there.

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Here comes the debate over the other kind of aliens...

Here comes the debate over the other kind of aliens... | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

When people leap to their own “pat” explanations for the Great Silence, sighing that “of course” the answer is this and such, and then dismissing all contrary views as foolish, they are cheating themselves, and the rest of us, out of what could be the most fascinating and wondrously open-ended argument/discussion of all time!  
A marvelous set-to that juggles every science, every bit of history and biology and astronomy and... well everything!  It is the great puzzle of who we are, how we may be different, or the same as those mysterious others, out there.

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Be Careful What You Say To Space Aliens | KPBS Radio

Be Careful What You Say To Space Aliens | KPBS Radio | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

One of the common misconceptions about this issue: People say it’s too late. They say (the aliens) have already seen “I Love Lucy.” But the people at the SETI Institute themselves admit that our radio, our television and our radar actually fade into static within one light year. (Extra-terrestrials) would need a super cosmic gigantic telescope, knowing to aim it directly at the earth, to pick up even the static.

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Perspectives on SETI and Aliens

Perspectives on SETI and Aliens | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

Nobody knows a damned thing about aliens—but that doesn’t keep almost everyone from behaving like children, weighing in with their “of course” explanations for how advanced sapient races would “naturally” behave, or why ETs haven’t been seen, or what they would do if we encountered them.

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Quotations to Consider in the Debate About Active SETI

Quotations to Consider in the Debate About Active SETI | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

Quotations to consider in the debate about Active SETI, by Michael Michaud. Carl Sagan and William Newman, 1981:

The radar and television announcement of an emerging technological society on Earth may induce a rapid response by nearby civilizations, newly motivated to reach our system directly.

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Those Eyes: A Short Allegory about Flying Saucers....and UFOs...

Those Eyes: A Short Allegory about Flying Saucers....and UFOs... | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it
...So you want to talk about flying saucers? I was afraid of that. This happens every damn time I'm blackmailed into babysitting you insomniacs, while Talkback Larry escapes to Bimini for a badly needed rest.
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A Decision Process for Examining the Possibility of Sending Communications to Extraterrestrial Civilizations

A Decision Process for Examining the Possibility of Sending Communications to Extraterrestrial Civilizations | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

This open document is a proposal to begin serious international consultation on the controversy over whether groups or individuals should attempt deliberately to transmit electromagnetic signals from Earth to extraterrestrial civilizations, and whether such attempts have bearing on the long-term well-being and security of humankind. Following many years of preparation, the original version of this International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Position Paper was approved by the IAA Board of Trustees in 1996, making the document a formal IAA Position Paper. The Position Paper was then endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Institute for Space Law (IISL).

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SETI, the Fermi Paradox and The Singularity: Why our search for extraterrestial intelligence has failed

SETI, the Fermi Paradox and The Singularity: Why our search for extraterrestial intelligence has failed | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it
The Fermi paradox is that given the age of the galaxy, if starfaring civilizations have ever existed they ought to be very evident. This page, based on a letter sent in June 2000 to Scientific American, outlines one response to the Fermi paradox.
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An "explanation" for life's origins that falls way short

An "explanation" for life's origins that falls way short | SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence | Scoop.it

These problems do not invalidate the notion that panspermia-seeding might have set life in motion on our planet. I find that general concept plausible in a very broad way -- though not a leading candidate. Top position -- until someone comes up with good reason to change -- goes to the Standard Model consensus or life-from-nonlife in Earth's early seas.

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