SETI: Shut Up and Keep Looking
On Space.com, Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute answered the critics who think they’re “barking up the wrong tree.” Well-meaning people send him emails explaining why there is “still no confirmed chitter from the cosmos” after 46 years of looking. The top four include: (1) aliens use more advanced technology, (2) the Fermi Paradox means nobody’s there (see 06/30/2006), (3) the aliens aren’t interested in us warlike primitives, and (4) the real aliens are in the Zeta Reticuli system.
His basic answer: we’ve only begun the search. Unless you can come up with better strategy that works, pitch in and help. We’ve got a lot of stars to go.
Maybe there’s a bright side to this SETI business. It keeps a lot of pesky Darwinians occupied and out of trouble. This is fine as long as their acronym S.E.T.I. employs another: O.P.M.*