“He has written a great deal about the risks of first contact.”

Why humanity so badly wants to speak with aliens.


Sun, Nov 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the U.S. abandoning the idea of speaking to aliens, China has built the world's largest telescope for exactly that reason. From what it took to build it, the consequences of actually making contact with an extra-terrestrial, and why we need to.

seti does share some traits with religion. It is motivated by deep human desires for connection and transcendence. It concerns itself with questions about human origins, about the raw creative power of nature, and about our future in this universe—and it does all this at a time when traditional religions have become unpersuasive to many. Why these aspects of seti should count against it is unclear. Nor is it clear why Congress should find seti unworthy of funding, given that the government has previously been happy to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on ambitious searches for phenomena whose existence was still in question. The expensive, decades-long missions that found black holes and gravitational waves both commenced when their targets were mere speculative possibilities. That intelligent life can evolve on a planet is not a speculative possibility, as Darwin demonstrated. Indeed, seti might be the most intriguing scientific project suggested by Darwinism.



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