Should SETI Call it Quits?

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posted on Sep, 20 2010 @ 09:27 PM
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After reading the posting and looking at all related information, I believe I can give a response.
The question of if we are alone or not in the universe is one that is an old question. We often wonder, while looking up at the night sky, it is something that crosses some peoples mind. The universe is a very large and old thing, being around alot longer than the human species has been on the earth. Some scientist liken this to give an idea of the time span that they are looking at, is that the human race has been on the world what would have been considered about 30 seconds out of a 24 hour day.
As technology progresses, so does the ability to detect and analyze that data. At one time, it was speculated that were worlds that follow other stars, and then one day, astronomers were able to prove conclusively this to be true. They speculate about water being on other planets and bodies in the universe, and one only has to look no further than our own Solar System to find that has occured on the different planets, moons and other bodies that pass through this system.
There is no real guarantee that there is intelligent life out in the universe, that is advanced to make contact. But the age of the universe and the fact they are finding all of the necessary things for life to occure, these discoveries have been made in the past 10 years, as well as, that there is the possiblity that life at one time may have existed on Mars.
In 1977, in Ohio, a signal from outside of the solar system was detected, it was 72 seconds and thus was called the WOW signal. No one could explain this signal,nor has it occured again.
The ultimate problem that has been postulated, is that we may not be able to detect or know of any signal that is put forth, as it is a matter of a technology difference. If you consider that in 1950's the TV's would not be able to recieve an HD TV signal, nor would it be able to recieve all of the information.
It is also shown that signals tend to degrade the further from the source that it goes, so even the earliest radio and TV signals that are travelling in space, would eventually be unreadable and unintellable, and probably be viewed as natural radiation of the background of space.
I would say not to cut the program or call it quits. The technology and science is continuing to move forward, new descoveries and break throughs are made on a faster pace. If we do make contact or find out that we are not alone in the univerese, there is the question of how would the population react?
Most people think about such, but the reality of such would terrify most people. Part of the population would embrace such and the other part would fear the news.
Give it time, and one day the answer will be clear. If science fiction has shown anything, most advanced races, tend to be very leery about making contact with those that are not advanced.




posted on Dec, 7 2013 @ 02:04 PM
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I think it's a worth while endeavor.





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