posted on Oct, 5 2009 @ 09:20 PM
Is SETI a perfect system/method/process? No - far from it. We're all still learning, trying, exploring, evaluating - hoping.
Is the SETI project infallible? Hardly - no one is even sure we're listening on the right frequencies, in the right places, at the right times, or
with the right technology.
Is SETI certain to prove ETI - eventually? Nope - there are no guarantees whatsoever. We very likely might discover that the entire effort was a
colossal waste of time, money and resources.
Are SETI participants just hopeless idealists, clueless pragmatists, buoyant visionaries, desperate enthusiasts, or utopian optimists? Yes - and many
other types as well. So what?
In summary: SETI is simply the only game in town at the moment, folks. Why does the fact that some wish to have a look through the only scope
available so offend those that don't believe it will reveal anything?
If you don't think it's worthwhile, don't participate. If you think that we won't even be told when something is found, ignore those that do
believe it just MIGHT be possible that we will be told. If you think we're looking in the wrong place, or wasting our computer time, or being led
astray - good for you! You have an opinion. We're grateful to you for sharing it. Now please let us get back to work.
The naysayer poo-poo artists of the world have for millenia stood on the shores shouting at the folly of explorers that dared venture into the
darkness, into the unknown, and yes, often failed miserably or even died trying. So what?
Like the ships of yore, we are only moments into our journey - by which time we can no longer hear you. So save your breath. Find some other cause
to spew your negative no-can-do attitude towards. It obviously has not occurred to you that we have, and will continue to, carry on.
Oh - and do not worry. When the signal is found, when we finally find the right combination to unlock the secrets of this dynamic universe and the
other sentient beings within it - we will not criticize you as you have us. We will not condemn you and chastise you and silence you. In fact we
will yet again welcome you into the family of greater knowledge such discovery brings. We will share the knowledge with you, invite you to examine
and experience it for yourself - without malice, without disdain. And you can then move on to the next supposedly foolish enterprise and start
bellowing at them. Why do we encourage you to do this?
You see, it is, in part, the motivation that the negative people of the world provide that lends impetus and enthusiasm to our search. So please,
yell a few more times, "HEY! you fools! That won't work! It's all LIES, anyway! You're wasting your time!".
Well, I think I'll hook up another idle SETI laptop - maybe ask a few more friends if they want to join us. You don't have to, of course. It's
We'll continue looking. And if and when this may prove a faulty, winless, game - that's no problem - we'll just start looking elsewhere. Someone
has to look. But not, apparently, some of you...
p.s. After ten years, I see no reason to stop my participation. I've never had a problem with computer resources, the program, SETI staff, etc. So
I'm not worried about it. I don't understand why others are. It's MY computer, my time, and my interest. It may not yield a thing. But I must
do SOMETHING. Cruise around and chat with my pals at ATS is one thing. Read and collect and study like crazy is another. Attend conferences,
socialize with people smarter then me, ask questions is yet another. SETI is just a small piece of this exercise. And I'm enjoying it. Why is that
a problem for some people?
Anyway - thanks all (pro and con)! You've taught me some things today...