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Scientists from SETI believe its time to 'try to contact aliens'

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Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2015 06:03 PM by AlexMuller

Researchers involved in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) are considering what the message from Earth should be. The call has been made at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in San Jose. But others argued that making our presence known might be dangerous.

 
Researchers at Seti have been listening for signals from outer space for more than 30 years using radio telescope facilities in the US. So far there has been no sign of ET. The organisation's director, Dr Seth Shostak, told scientists at the AAAS meeting that it is now time to step up the search.
 
"Some of us at the institute are interested in 'active Seti', not just listening but broadcasting something maybe to some nearby stars because maybe there is some chance that if you wake somebody up you'll get a response," he told BBC News.
 
The concerns are obvious, but sitting in his office at the institute in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley he expresses them with characteristic, impish glee. "A lot of people are against active Seti because it is dangerous. It is like shouting in the jungle. You don't know what is out there, you better not do it. If you incite the aliens to obliterate the planet, you wouldn't want that on your tombstone, right?"
 
I couldn't argue with that. But initially, I could scarcely believe I was having this conversation at a serious research institute rather than a science fiction convention. The sci-fi feel of our talk was underlined by the toy figures of bug-eyed aliens that cheerfully decorate the office.
 
But Dr Shostak is a credible and popular figure and has been invited to present his arguments at America's largest gathering of scientists at the AAAS meeting. Leading astronomers, anthropologists and social scientists are gathering at his institute after the AAAS meeting for a symposium to flesh out plans for a proposal for active Seti to put to the public and politicians.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-02-14
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This idea of contacting and more actively searching for aliens may come from a distinguished academic, however for many this is early - more reassurance and research would need to be done first Reply


 

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