reply to post by SLAYER69
First I’ll start by saying that most of the scientific community who specializes in communications, believe the “wow” signal to either be a
probe in flight, sending data back to its source or an undetected astrological body in motion, reflecting a distorted earth signal back to us.
However the actual type of signal that was detected seemed atypical and far too advanced to be the latter of the two, considering position, relative
to direction and the mathematically perceived distance.
Secondly, any feasible scientific research cannot be considered a waste of resources if it puts an analytical or innovative mind to work for an honest
days pay, regardless of personal belief that any unassociated person or third party observer may harbor.
Scientific research, by definition, is to prove or disprove a theory. But it has often yielded unforeseen results that were of greater value than the
intended research was expected to yield. It can also be said that scientific research has often produced fantastic returns on investments that were
not always immediately apparent and that it is possible for the results of a study to exceed the capacity of understanding at the time of the
research, even by those who initiate the original theories.
Einstein, Newton, Galileo, Noble, Tesla, Edison, Marconi, Da Vinci, are just a few who have all made scientific contributions that were not completely
understood or realized at the actual time of their relevant fruition. In some cases, the entire applicability of a theory or discovery was not fully
understood by the public or peers until long after the author had passed away.
It should be noted that the means of data collection, maintenance, analysis and control, proposed out of necessity by the scientists of SETI to
continue operations and work around their limitations have helped lead to a unique and originally unforeseen adaptation of data correlation. This
adaptation has now been successfully incorporated into database formats of process by software engineers expanding the effectiveness of extremely
large database collections that were once considered far too large to be of any realistic use to anyone.
The scientific community in general, as well as others, have already benefited from this unforeseen advancement, which includes the Medical community,
Education, Law Enforcement, Military and other government agencies, etc. So, this alone has made the SETI program worth the efforts, but this research
has also aided in advancements of digital broadcasting and encryption technology, cellular and satellite communications and a potential list of other
things not yet realized. Sufficed to say, even if they detect nothing more than the faint sizzle of a dying ember from across the void, with no joyous
choir from the center of the galaxy or scientific information from a distant nebula on vast untapped energy resources, the SETI project has proven to
be a tremendous and invaluable success.
An interesting side note here, at the time this OP thread was posted, the most likely astrological neighbor of interest was 40 light years away, but
now there is a newly discovered neighbor only 10.5 light years away, This may provide for some additional possibilities in communication formats
testing not previously considered.