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SETI to Search for Intelligent Life on Earth   Nov 14 2013

Filed under Anthropic by Ewen Shearer

Fifty years of scant results steer researchers to greener pastures.

Dr. Larc Nagas, Special Director of SETI’s Forward-planning Committee, today proposed a radical agenda to modify the search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

He proposed Earth be included in the search for intelligent life.

There seems to be bugger all up there in space” he snarled, inverting the hook of Idle’s Galaxy Song.

However, amongst the plague-like, inbred, hedonist gluttony smothering this once pristine globe there might be the odd bipedal upright that places beauty and sanctity of life before compulsive acquisitiveness or incessant primal ingratiation.”

The SETI Institute is a not-for-profit organization. Its mission: “explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe

Dr. Nagas is concerned SETI’s reputation suffers from both the ongoing debate about ‘hard science’ and lack of results.

We downgrade expectations from millions – to how many? – advanced extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy.”

We counter SETI lacks Popperian criteria for falsifiability, or even if the Drake equation was ever testable.

Finally, the laughable claims against active SETI of a Borg encounter or Independence Day scenario – I can assure you Earth is at far greater risk from the return of that mutated Voyager than any science-fiction concoction.

Active SETI is criticized for revealing Earth’s location to alien civilizations.

SETI proponents sarcastically explain Earth is easily found by any civilization with telescopes and cosmologists.

And should they decide to check it out, they will find it pretty-well written off by 6 billion fuckwits.”

While scientists seem wary of Dr. Nagas’ claims, governments are anxious to be seen supporting the campaign.




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Australiana


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself


Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
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A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..

Charity

~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
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This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

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Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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