SEARCH FOR INTELLIGENCE: An Agreement
Hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy. Hundreds of billions of galaxies. Lots of stars and lots of planets.
How many restless alien souls are looking this way, wondering what’s over here?
Meanwhile, we’re looking for planets; we’re listening to signals; and we’re trying to figure out how to tell if a planet has life on it from a long, long distance away.
If we keep at it long enough, won’t we come up with something?
MISTER ScienceAintSoBad knows it’s been a while since we started “the search” (in the 1980’s). One of our first readers, BlaseBoy14 says: “If it were out there, we’d a heard by now. If it was gonna happen, it woulda happened.”
Well, yeah, MISTER ScienceAintSoBad‘ll fall of his chair about the same time you do if we do hear from the pickle brains in the Andromeda Cluster. But stay with me here. You knew the Red Sox would never win the World Series, didn’t you? You knew an African American would never become President of the United States, right? And you knew those electronic book things would never catch on and replace real books. So let’s SAY you’re wrong this time. Let’s just SAY we get “pinged”. What do we do?
“We’re HERE! We’re HERE! We’re HERE! Whoopee! Oh BOY!
No reason not. They’re gonna be too far away to hurt us. Plus they’ll be wise and kindly. Maybe they’ll tell us how to end wars.
Nuh uh. We have an agreement. I’m sure you never heard about this, but there’s to be NO talkin’. At least not till we’ve checked around with all concerned parties (which would be, more-or-less, the occupants of this particular rock).
A paper by Michael Michaud, written back in 1991, talks about what’s to be done before answering a signal received from ANY non-Earthians but, basically, it consists of some careful checking around to make sure us Earthians are on the same page about accepting the tiny risk that off-Earthers we’re chatting with, turn out to be the North Koreans of Andromeda.
THE COST OF LOOKING
Then there this:
We’re wasting money looking for intelligent life “out there” when we should be spending it on our own people right here on earth. At 10 billion dollars a month, this stupid diversion of funds is more expensive than a major war. And what good is it? How’s it going to help us to hear the a-m-a-z-i-n-g opinions of some slithery space creatures? I say close down the programs and concentrate on poverty in this country. – Proud2BeLiberal14
Aw Proud. You should be ashamed. Here’s the cost of war . And, anyway, your numbers are all wrong. Searching for intelligent signals is cheap, cheap, cheap and the funding is private.