Scientists At SETI Have Plans To Converse With Aliens
Astronomers have always been curious for knowing whether there is a second planet like Earth where people, aliens as they are specifically termed, live. Let’s just forget significance of their ambitions but embrace this fact that scientists have devoted this semicentury for purpose of listening extra-terrestrial civilizations. All these efforts have led most of them to believe that there is no such thing as an ET.
American Association for the Advancement of Science held its annual meeting last month where relevant discussions occurred. Present at the meeting were scientists from the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute who disregarded the previous researches which were aimed at inferring the existence of ET.
Scientists from the institute probably meant that let’s assume ET exists, but what next? SETI scientists said that we should try to converse with extra-terrestrial creatures. In other words, they argued that let’s not abandon the pursuit of ET, but just change the way of of pursuing. SETI reveals its plans to accomplish interaction with passive alien through project “Active SETI.”
“It may be that signaling of our intention to make contact is what’s really required to trigger a response,” the director of SETI’s interstellar message composition, Douglas A. Vakoch said. So, “the most critical reason to add Active SETI to our search strategy is that this may be the strategy that lets us make contact.”
Scientists at the SETI Institute has been doing efforts making contact with ET; they have been endeavoring to listen signals from outer space for 30 years. However, these researchers have never been able to detect the desiderated signals. Perhaps that is why SETI wants to do it other way around.
Seti’s plans were not appreciated by all though. The counter arguments claimed that it was dangerous to expose ourselves. This is how Dr Seth Shostak from Seti Institute replied to the fears:
“A lot of people are against active Seti because it is dangerous. It is like shouting in the jungle. You don’t know what is out there; you better not do it. If you incite the aliens to obliterate the planet, you wouldn’t want that on your tombstone, right?”
Now the scientists are looking forward to outline the concrete plan for Active SETI. Let’s just forget the uncertainties but embrace that it would be an amazing experience to listen from aliens — we have always loved to see them in the world of movies. Haven’t we?
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.