Thursday, May 18, 2006

"SETI"

I was very taken with the May/June 2006 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer that has some excellent articles on "SETI and Astrobiology: Four Views."

The quote from Jill Tarter, Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View CA is probably why I love to follow the search, that is SETI (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) .

Her quote: "I was lucky to live in the first generation of humans capable of attempting to do a scientific experiment to answer the question that thousands of previous generations had been able to address only to their priests and philosophers. [her undertaking] this was, and is, the most important scientific exploration humanity can undertake.... poetically phrased by Philip Morrison, who said, 'SETI is the archaeology of the future.'"

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