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originally posted by: XP100
No one? That doesn't make sense, Seth. Can you imagine Seth (or someone at Seti) sitting at their computer screen and a clear signal pattern pops up on the screen. Their reaction would be to inform no one? What the?
As far as the government knowing anything already, or SETI looking in the wrong place, each day there is the possibility that something unknown will be discovered by SETI.
A. If the government 'thinks' they know there are no ET's, there still might be.
B. If they already know there are ET's, let's assume SETI doesn't know and one day will stumble across a signal.
I find it hard to believe Seth would just go home that night and treat it like just another day at the office...
originally posted by: AdmireTheDistance
Typically scientific discoveries are announced by the discovering scientist/team, not 'the government', so why would this be any different?
originally posted by: Dwoodward85
a reply to: JoshuaCox
Seth is lying. A few years back he was in a documentary I think for the BBC and was asked about the protocol for first contact and after all the usual claptrap he said something along the lines of:
"It starts with us contacting another group to check and recheck our signal. Then once that's done we contact the President of the United Nations and the UN has their first contact system which has a single person who would be the face for the human race and she/he would be put on camera to make the announcement to the world"
He also said on Coast to Coast with Art Bell a year before Art retired the first time:
"If it were up to me, I'd be in front of the camera telling the world, then I'd run down the street and stop everyone and tell them shaking their hands and passing a glass of very cheap champagne but sadly there is a system in place with the US and UN power groups that would ensure an American face would be first to release the information to the public."
So either he has a terrible memory or he is bull face lying.
originally posted by: Tardacus
or maybe he meant he`s not suppose to call and tell anyone about it, as in he`s suppose to keep it secret.
if he isn`t suppose to call and tell anyone in the government about it, that can only mean that the government already knows so there would be no point in having him call someone in the government and telling them about it.