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Alien Messages In Plain Sight

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2012 06:59:09 -0400
Archived: Sat, 07 Apr 2012 06:59:09 -0400
Subject: Alien Messages In Plain Sight

Source: HuffPo


04/ 5/2012

Alien Messages In Plain Sight
Seth Shostak
Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute

Could there be a faster way to discover interesting galactic
neighbors? Is there some scheme for detecting aliens that might
work quicker than tuning in their radio transmissions or hunting
down their laser pulses?

There might be, and for a simple reason. The cosmos is three
times as old as Earth. During most of creation's 14 billion year
history, our solar system wasn't around. Nonetheless, the early
universe still had the right stuff for life, and contained
worlds that were just as suitable for spawning biology and
intelligence as our own.

Humans have existed only for the last 0.001 percent of cosmic
time. All of which says that - unless the Homo sapiens brain is
the one-and-only instance of cogitating machinery - nearly all
the intelligence that's out there is beyond our level.

And that intelligence is more than just a little bit beyond.
Clearly, unless thinking beings inevitably wipe themselves out
soon after developing technology, extraterrestrial intelligence
could often be millions or billions of years in advance of us.
We're the galaxy's noodling newbie's.

[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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