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Old Jul 31st 2015, 01:10 AM
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Default Re: Breakthrough Listen

Originally Posted by Michael View Post
Well yes, I'd expect a major generational improvement over SETI v1 in every respect, but the whole principle is still the same - scanning the skies to try to pick up some trace of life out there.

Yes, many people do crave certainty. I think the probability math is pretty solid on this one. If there is anything is this universe that truly approximates the idea of infinity, it is the universe itself. If life could develop here according to seemingly random elements combined with particular conditions, then statistically, it is very likely that it will have happened somewhere else as well. Maybe not people per se, but certainly lots of fungus and algae and bacterial lifeforms have to be out there.
True, but algae and bacteria -or far more likely something completely different but equivalent in their ecological niche- don't send out electromagnetic signals. These searches are specific for technological societies with all that might entail. As a philosophically inclined person, aren't you in the least curious about which basic concepts these entities would have?
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