archiv~1: Re: SETI Hmm...

Re: SETI Hmm...

Dr. H. Paul Shuch ( (no email) )
Fri, 20 Nov 1998 13:18:18 -0500

At 08:23 PM 11/20/98 -0800, Jim Ostrowski wrote:

> Norris' dismissal of this signal as "interference" from a "terrestrial
>satellite" was not based on any acceptable scientific procedure

Untrue, sir. Several of our member stations have indeed detected signals
in the same part of the spectrum which, upon exhaustive analysis, proved to
be interference from low-earth-orbit satellites. These experiences are
thoroughly documented in our "What We've Heard So Far" page on the Web.
Project Phoenix has had similar experiences, which are detailed on the SETI
Institute website. SERENDIP at Arecibo has had similar hits, which are
documented on the SERENDIP website. Project BETA has had exactly the same
experience, which is documented on the Planetary Society website. Dr.
Norris' recent detection fits exactly the profile of these proven satellite
RFI events. His conclusions were not arbitrary, but reasoned. It is
entirely acceptable scientific procedure to conclude, based upon the
evidence at hand, that the source of the signals is the same.
May I ask what credentials you possess, which lead you to question whether
some of the world's most highly trained and respected scientists have
followed "acceptable scientific procedure?"

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