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originally posted by: Stupidsecrets
SETI no longer gets Federal funding for listening to signals. All private donations. It's technically a business today because they get Federal dollars for their child outreach and college programs that teach about space along with private donations.
Not sure who detected this signal but regardless, it's a waste of time unless of course they are running a business.
And although the scientists don’t mention it, there’s no ruling out that this could be an alien life-form attempting to make contact with other lifeforms in the galaxy.
Human scientistshave been fascinated with the concept of using radio waves to try to make contact with extraterrestrial intelligence since the 1890s, and countries have built a number of radio telescopes over the past century to listen out for incoming extraterrestrial radio waves.
originally posted by: Outrageo
What may be interpreted as a "waste of time" by one person may be considered well worth the time by another. Nevertheless, it is an individual's time to spend as he or she may wish. If it harms no one, then one should be allowed to allocate all of the time, energy, resources, etc., that belongs entirely to themselves, on whatever human endeavor they believe to be worthy of the expenditure.
SETI, in my opinion, may fall under that category.
originally posted by: Waterglass
a reply to: LookingAtMars
Here's a lecture that will get you thinking. I contacted him last summer on another subject:
Why is There NO Record of Ancient Humans? - Randall Carlson