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Re: The Man To Contact When Calling Home

From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 09:15:06 -0700
Archived: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 08:17:35 -0400
Subject: Re: The Man To Contact When Calling Home


>http://tinyurl.com/2u6s2a

>Aug 28, 2007

>The Man To Contact When Calling Home From Across The Galaxy

>by Leslie Mullen for Astrobiology Magazine

>AM: How long will it take the Arecibo message to reach the
>globular cluster?

>FD: 25,000 years. We sent it in 1974, so it's 33 light years
>out.

>AM: Has it reached any stars at all during that time?

>FD: No. It'll come to 30 stars along the way, but it hasn't
>reached any of them yet.

<snip>

Drake makes some interesting comments and tries to give his
calculations some perspective, including the following:

>AM: What do you think of the idea that life, once it does get
>started on a planet, will inevitably advance to higher
>complexity, even if it's not in forms we may recognize?

>FD: Sure, Darwinian evolution will proceed.

I think the implication is that evolution is a rather straight
forward process once life gets a foothold. I agree and if our
planet is any indication, it starts soon after a planet's birth.

>AM: Although we have no evidence for intelligent life in our own
>solar system other than Earth.

>FD: But that's meaningless. Probably every planet can produce
>more than one intelligent species eventually.

This is a point I've been trying to make. And these "intelligent
species" will tend to look the same, in a very general way
because intelligence may require a certain biological tool kit.

>But they do it at
>different rates. So on every suitable planet in very many
>planetary systems, there may be many intelligent species about
>to appear, but one is always first. And the first one looks
>around and says, "We're the only smart ones!"

But this may be only an illusion, as I believe it is in our
(homo-sapiens) case.

>It is the only way
>it can be, and this is greatly misunderstood.

What an understatement. It is almost entirely
"misunderstood".


>This inevitable >situation does not say that a planet can
produce only one >intelligent species. This fact says nothing
about the >probability of intelligent life or the possible
eventual number >of intelligent civilizations.

This is the point I've been trying to make that has been dismissed
by almost everyone. Maybe Drake's insistence will encourage
another examination of my hypothesis that UFO are craft
from an ancient civilization that evolved here on this planet.
He doesn't seem to find this idea so outlandish..


Ed



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