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Good paper on SETI

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  1. Celerity

    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    Is SETI Barking up the Wrong Tree?

    I only post that because the following thread is pretty goddam funny.
     
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    what thread are you refrencing?
     
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    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    The problem with looking for any types of waves/rays are that they are all limited to the same speed... the speed of light. Given that we have searched for 46 years that limits us to receiving any transmissions originating or approaching us from 46 lightyears away. That doesn't cover much of the galaxy.


    There's always the "Wow!" signal to think about.
     
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    TommyTheCat Gonzo Scientist

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    But if there was intelligent life that sent a signal 1000 years ago or even millions of years ago our reach is further. It doesn't work that way, your point is arbitrary.
     
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    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    That's given it is in our listening path. If it's come and gone we will never know about it. We've got to have our ears pointed in the right direction at the right time.

    It still doesn't mean that there isn't intelligent life out there. I for one think it's not even a question, there's something out there.
     
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    5. "You SETI types don't understand: Aliens communicate only through the bumps on Anna Kournikova."
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    "Look, they're waving 'Hi!' right now!"

    That's partly the reason to go to the other thread :)
     
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    Sabz5150 FALCON PUNCH!!!

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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    The real point to the article lies in ....


    Good stuff right there. Remember the Fermi Paradox when you realise that your specific ideals aren't being met (Why can't I find the woman of my dreams?) and our ideas of self-pity (Why would anyone want anything to do with me / us?)
     
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