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Looking For Aliens In All The Wrong Places?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2012 19:13:01 -0400
Archived: Sun, 17 Jun 2012 19:13:01 -0400
Subject: Looking For Aliens In All The Wrong Places?

Source: Big Think.Com


May 13, 2010

Looking For Aliens In All The Wrong Places?

Good luck finding intelligent life within 1,000 light years. As
for super-advanced alien civilizations, they’re probably closer
to the center of the galaxy.

Interview with Paul Davies Cosmologist & Astrobiologist, Arizona
State University interview - Recorded April 15, 2010

"Now the problem here is that a civilization that is 1,000 light
years away doesn’t know we exist. They don’t know that we have
radio telescopes here on Earth because they see Earth as it was
1,000 years ago. Nothing can travel faster than light, so
however good their instruments they can’t see in effect the
future. They can only see Earth as it was 1,000 years ago, so
there is no particular reason they should be sending us messages
at this time and if you put yourself in the position of a SETI
enthusiast on this hypothetical distant planet going to a
granting agency and saying, 'There is a really interesting
planet over there, Earth, that we’ve studied it very carefully
and we can see they’ve built huge structures like the pyramids
and this great wall in China and we think some millennium soon
they may have radio telescopes, could we have some money to
start broadcasting?'"

[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]

Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast



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