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Re: Deficiency In SETI's Drake's Equation

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@proaxis.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 14:05:37 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 08:31:47 -0500
Subject: Re: Deficiency In SETI's Drake's Equation

>Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 08:17:58 -0800
>From: Ed Stewart <ufoindex@jps.net>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: Deficiency In SETI's Drake's Equation

>>Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 17:01:51 -0800 (PST)
>>To: updates@globalserve.net
>>From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@proaxis.com>
>>Subject: Deficiency In SETI's Drake's Equation

>Have you ever heard of SETI in the optical spectrum?

>Visit the following site:

>http://www.coseti.org

>Dr. Stuart Kingsley has been searching the optical spectrum for
>quite sometime and making a case for optical SETI.

Thanks for this suggestion, and also the one to join the SETI
mailing list.

To Alfred Lehmberg, who wrote:
>I'm not surprised you never heard from anyone. Your idea
>regarding the equation points in the shadows of the other 98%
>that science refuses to consider or quantify because it doesn't
>predictably repeat, isn't observable, or is not in line with a
>comfortable theory or conveniently conceived paradigm <g>.

Yes, there's no point indeed in wasting time on the 98%. But
it's the other 2% whom it's sometimes worth trying to seek out.

And Ed Stewart wrote:

>Obviously, Professor Jim Deardoff's contention that SETI only
>looks for radio waves was spoken from personal ignorance of
>what SETI programs do and don't do.

>Ed Stewart

I was speaking in reference to Drake's equation and SETI's use
of it on their website. There they listed N as the number of
civilizations in our galaxy whose radio emissions are
detectable. So that's their slant on it; I don't recall that
Drake himself made that limitation, though radio emissions are
his thing.

Jim Deardorff


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