I ran across this recently, and was piqued enough to want to share it .
So concerned with the possible danger that a proposed new array to send signals out into space may pose to our civilization, David Brin, a famous
Sci-Fi Author who helped develop the original SETI protocolas set up a site to warn of the implications and help stop the proposed transmissions.
Following is the link to the site and a small excerpt .
Recently, several groups, ranging from radio astronomers in Argentina and Russia all the way to the web advertising site Craig's List, have declared
that they intend to commence broadcasting high-intensity Messages to ETI... or METI... an endeavor also known at "Active SETI". Their intention is
to change the observable brightness of Earth civilization by many orders of magnitude, in order to attract attention to our planet from anyone who
might be out there.
Let there be no mistake. METI is a very different thing than passively sifting for signals from the outer space. Carl Sagan, one of the greatest SETI
supporters and a deep believer in the notion of altruistic alien civilizations, called such a move deeply unwise and immature. (Even Frank Drake, who
famously sent the "Arecibo Message" toward the Andromeda Galaxy in 1974, considered "Active SETI" to be, at best, a stunt and generally a waste of
Sagan — along with early SETI pioneer Philip Morrison — recommended that the newest children in a strange and uncertain cosmos should listen
quietly for a long time, patiently learning about the universe and comparing notes, before shouting into an unknown jungle that we do not
Alas. To date, groups that plan to engage in METI have done the opposite, keeping a low profile and avoiding discussion with experts in near-related
fields like exobiology, bioastronomy, or evolutionary biology... or even historians who are knowledgeable about human "first-contact". Especially
biologists and historians. (For reasons that will become clear.) ""
Perhaps the "squeaky wheel" will get more than just the oil, replacement was always among the options as well.
[edit on 7-4-2009 by Sys_Config]