archive: Re: SETI Why would anyone look forward to sharing this galaxy?

Re: SETI Why would anyone look forward to sharing this galaxy?

David Ocame ( )
Mon, 05 Oct 1998 23:01:17 -0400

jerry and judy wrote:

> We should also get it through our heads that we are an 'infant', stumbling
> and powerless race at this point and any venture out of our secluded
> playpen will be fraught with danger, if the range of probabilities are even
> close - a tech/civ every 3000 cubic LYs only gives us a few thousand years
> to mature, that's if we don't make a lot of 'noise' (and the aliens, which
> would already be spanning a few hundred light years, don't explore even
> more efficiently).

You make very good points. We are an 'infant' race, to be sure. We have
many lessons still to learn. We have much growing to do (emphasis on
growing:) We still thrive overmuch on competition with each other,
rather than cooperating. This is the one lesson that, above all, is so
important for us to learn. When we have done that completely, we will
have finally set ourselves apart from the other species on this planet.

I venture to speak my opinion that full contact with ET is a long way
off. It may be a thousand or more years. Maybe less. But whatever it is,
it isn't now. And that is not our goal here, I believe. As I see it, the
SETI-L is about seeking proof one way or another - are we alone? When we
finally do hear that signal we've been waiting for - a beacon, distant
intra-planetary radio traffic, etc. - I think we will be spending alot
of time just listening. And I think that would be a wise course of