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Re: Seti@Home Effective? - Miller

From: Stuart Miller <Stuart.Miller4@btinternet.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 12:48:37 -0000
Fwd Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 10:09:19 -0500
Subject: Re: Seti@Home Effective? - Miller

>From: Stan Friedman <fsphys@rogers.com>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
>Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2003 18:07:13 -0400
>Subject: Re: Seti@Home Effective?


>It may be of some interest that both Dr. Seth Shostak, a major
>SETI specialist, and I, a major ufologist, will each be giving
>three lectures during the final transatlantic crossing of the
>Queen Elizabeth 2 from the UK to New York Dec.15-21. Don't know
>yet whether we will ever be on the stage at the same time. Could
>be interesting. He has refused Art Bell's challenge to debate me
>on Art's show.

>Has anybody seen his brand new book "Cosmic Company: The Search
>for Life in the Universe" co-authored with Alexandra Barnett,.
>Cambridge Press?. I can't find it here in Fredericton, but will
>try to order it.

>In a recent paper he said it would take 100,000 years to get to
>the stars... presumably using a chemical rocket. I am interested
>in what he says about UFOs.


Yes, I have a review copy of Shostak's and Barnett's book. I
have not read it yet but have looked through it. But from the
"hardware" point of view it is, to look at, quite a beautiful
book. Very good quality paper and the photos are excellent, with
some amusing caricature/puppet type effigies of what aliens
might look like.

The primordial soup theory in relation to the origins of Life on
Earth is illustrated by a photo of a Campbell's soup tin next to
a bowl of soup. The label on the Campbells tin says, "Primordial

This afternoon I shall be going in to my local Safeway and
shall attempt to buy a tin. When they tell me they don't stock
it, I shall produce the photo in the book and ask them to order
it for me. Yes, I have nothing better to do with my time.

Contents wise, difficult to judge as I've not read it but it
appears to be a fairly standard overview. Seven chapters with
the following headers:

1 Habitats for Life

2. What might aliens be like

3. Intelligent Life

4. Visitors from afar.

5. How might we get in touch

6. The drake equation

7. The future

My suspicion is that whatever inference you might make from the
chapter headings are probably correct. In other words, a great
Christmas present for your niece/nephew particularly if you want
to get them going on the subject but as for being of interest to
more experienced aficionados, probably not.

Stuart Miller