Ask Dr. SETI ®
by Ed Trice
I watch the first 3 minutes of the movie "Contact" at least once a week. It makes me ponder the following:
How does one deal with such consternation? Please enlighten me!!
Our Executive Director replies:
These are all very valid questions, Ed, for which there is no simple answer. The only way to ever know is to do the experiment.
We will probably never enjoy the opportunity to dialog with our assumed cosmic companions. Fortunately, listening is relatively cheap, and easy. We start with the null hypothesis: there are no detectable extraterrestrial civilizations. This can never be proven, of course, but it takes only one counter-example to falsify it. And, if nothing artificial is ever detected, think about all of the serendipitous discovers that still await us!
Yours for SETI Success,
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