It's hard to tell with your threads, jj
, whether you're serious or not. But I'll bite.
First, SETI isn't informed by the word of God, it's a search, which implements a bureaucratically approved strategy for merely-possibly finding a
merely-possible needle in a haystack. The needle-identification method proposed is to look for things "unlike" what is found in nature, after
filtering out the unnatural things we ourselves put into the search space.
The analogy should end there, falling to the floor fatally wounded. Complicated organisms are exactly what is found in nature - complicated organisms,
us, are even what's doing the finding. "Interesting-to-SETI" patterns of radiation are based upon what is rare in nature. That's why SETI would
subject any such rare signal to further investigation. It would be that further investigation that would decide the issue, not the mere discovery of
The only kind of "win" that would probably work immediately (and it's not the only kind of thing SETI sifts for) is something that matches the profile
of what we would do if we wanted to tell the rest of the universe that we were here. We'd do something like send a few prime numbers over and over
("Blip blip long pause blip blip pause blip blip blip long pause blip blip pause blip blip blip pause blip blip blip blip blip long pause," and repeat
that indefinitely: 2 - 2, 3 - 2, 3, 5 - ...).
So, if we heard one of those relatively few transparently artificial (and the longer the message, the smaller the proportion of messages of that
length have the "toolmark" of being something we'd think to do), then we would have "an approach to certainty through experience," rapidly, that
intelligent life exists elsewhere, developed enough to modulate electromagnetic radiation, and deliberately seeking to be recognized as such. Woo
But evolution by natural selection isn't how we'd design things, nor is there any "purpose" to be designed for, not one that emerges from the
observation of living things. Unless, of course, that "purpose" is to compete better in evolution by natural selection, which isn't a purpose that
creationists could logically have in mind.
Well, unless they think their God has a sense of humor... now there's a hallmark of intelligence! Unfortunately, so is imagination, and with
imagination comes the capacity to see purposes that aren't there, especially purposes that concern us...
... You just know that the second
question after seven days of "2,2,3,2,3,5" is heard 'round the world will be "Gee, do you think they're
aiming this at us? Do they know we're here?"
edit on 9-1-2013 by eight bits because: omitted the all-important "proportion" the first time up.