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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Alien life does NOT mean intelligence...

Consider this: Signs of life are found on a planet, say, Venus (this is just an example), it definitely DOES NOT mean that we have found beings who will come around in flying saucers to say "hi". If the life forms are nothing more than worms, we will call them aliens.

This is exactly why the SETI is the "Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence". It does not search for alien life, it searches for alien intelligence. Therefore, even if some form of life was living within jupiter, we wouldnt know until the day we make an explorer heat resistant enough to go there.

2 comments:

Gr81 said...

I guess u r right... There are several reasons for searching "aliens": Incase its just some bacteria etc., it may give 'em some idea of primitive life - But is it really possible 2 find someone More intelligent than us?? I mean had they been there, they would hav spotted us first! Or else they could have better security etc. that could prevent them from being spotted easily... So it is still a long time before we hav an alien cooking for us (or flying planes.. dunno wat they can do!)

Keep Searchin for them!!
* Plz remove word verification
;)

Varun Khetarpal said...

Some scientists and their comments.

Carl Sagan
-Our galaxy is teaming with advance cultures.

Frank Drake
-moderate population of advance cultures

John Oro
-Too few civilizations

Ben Zuckerman
-We are alone in our galaxy

This is science !

When you are speaking to technically illiterate people you must resort to the plausible falsehood instead of the difficult truth.

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