posted on Jul, 18 2012 @ 10:36 AM
Originally posted by waveydavey
...I'm signing up, as one commenter stated:
Degree courses are only created if there is to be a potential employment market in that field.... I think we are moving ever closer to a momentous
It's not just a "potential employment market in that field", there is an employment market right now
. NASA, research universities, and
other institutions currently
have (and have for years) astrobiologists and other scientists whose job is the study of potential ET life.
Here's a link to NASA's astrobiology website. Many of the scientists mentioned on that site are already studying the potential for ET life:
NASA Astrobiology Website
Here is a link to a joint NASA-UCLA program that offers gradute-level courses of study for Astrobiology:
There are several other universities that also have graduate programs in astrobiology, such as Penn State, University of Washington, University of
Colorado, Cardiff university, and others.
This University of Edinburgh course of study may not specifically be only about astrobiology, but it's not like there are not already scientists today
working on the search for ET life -- i.e., it's not a " new thing", nor is it necessarily a sign of disclosure. It's a real course of study with real
people working in that field of research right now (and for quite some time).
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