posted on May, 24 2012 @ 11:23 PM
Originally posted by Q33323
Biggest reason for SETI failure: Assuming ETs communication means and abilities are by any means similar to our own. A lot of people and institutions
have invested time and financial resources into this project, but I knew it would be a dud from the start.
Do we attempt communication with fish? Do they have the ability to listen in on us, or comprehend life above the water-line? No, nein and nyet.
One thing that they did not realize when SETI started was that wide span radio communications trend to be for a very short period of time, about 50 to
100 years or so. When we look at communications today on earth not very much is finding its way into space like it did even a few decades ago. So
looking at earth we will have about 100 years of signals with nothing before or after that time, and that means that when those signals hit another
planet then the aliens there only have about 100 years to have equipment in place to receive it.
This sets up a rather thin band of time for us to get another planets signals, and so it would be like winning the lottery for their signals that lets
say lasted 100 years actually get to us in a period that we could receive them too. I think some people assumed that once a civilization reached the
point of radio communication that they would continue to transmit a large amount over very long time periods.