SETI: Are We Really Alone

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has been scanning the heavens with radio telescopes, for many years, in an effort to detect radio signals from space. Their ultimate goal is to discover messages being broadcast by extraterrestrials, proving that we are not alone. Though funding was cut drastically when results weren't conclusive early in the project, interest in the possibility of life elsewhere has risen in the past several years.  Recently, funding has been boosted for the program injunction with NASA's new 'Origins' project. The purpose of this project is to explore the universe and search for life. The odds of there being intelligent life are too great to ignore. Our galaxy alone, may contain up to 10 million other advanced civilizations! So, what do you think? Are we really alone?

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2 years ago
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I believe that we are absolutely not alone. We inhabit none percent of our own galaxy among billions of galaxies. We have moons in our own solar system we believe can harbor life, but have no way of exploring yet. There is more liquid water on the moon Europa than there is here on earth. How ignorant, how selfish, how self absorbed can we be to believe that we are the only "miracle" in the universe?

2 years ago
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I don't know if we are alone, but I think if there is intelligent life out there somewhere that our odds of crossing signals, that we can both understand is pretty slim. This makes me think of the vast oceans on our own planet that have not been fully explored yet. What secrets are hiding just off our coasts?

2 years ago
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I think I'd have to agree with Mickey.

While I don't necessarily think that SETI is trivial and programs such as SETI should not exist, I do think that the likelihood of actually finding a signal from another advance civilization (and it would have to be quite advanced, given the length of time required for a signal to travel from there to here) is strong.

Again, agreeing with Mickey, I'm more interested in what's in the bottom of our oceans. Maybe we'll find the lost city of R'lyeh! Of course then we'll all be doomed to Cthulhu's awakening, but the journey would be a blast.