archive: Re: SETI Just sent in SL Application

Re: SETI Just sent in SL Application

Ken Chattenton ( (no email) )
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 13:14:29 -0000

Hi Chip, all,

Pleased to see you on board so too speak Chip.

Forgive me for not following your ideas in detail regards the 'Search for
ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence', but would you be so kind and let the rest of
us know your ideas regards search strategies.

Cheers to you and all, Ken UK.
-----Original Message-----
From: Fractenna@aol.com <Fractenna@aol.com>
To: seti@sni.net <seti@sni.net>
Date: 13 December 1998 12:52
Subject: SETI Just sent in SL Application

>For those with such an interest, I have sent in my SetiLeague Application.
>
>I have done so with mixed feelings: I do not feel that the principle
>premise--using individual small dishes-- has any value in SETI. However,
>neither does parsing out time-strips of data to 100,000 PC's, or looking at
>1000 stars, or looking for laser light from nearby stars, or emphasizing
the
>water hole at the expense of a detection elsewhere in the microwave window.
>
>The main difference between the SL and programs run by other non-profits is
>that we are not being importuned to buy a bill of goods--and support SETI
do
>or die (or at least some deluded views of what a scientific problem is and
how
>to solve it.)
>
>SETI is in for some tough times--all the exciting 'new' directions are
bound
>to fail and SETI will be discredited (this is not what--I-- want; this is
what
>is bound to happen after the excitement of the search sobers to the reality
of
>the lack of success The difference now is that 100,000's of individuals
will
>be directly or indirectly tied emotionally to the outcome). The handful of
>people who make decisions on SETI projects are analogous to the 'speaking
>dolphin' researchers of the early 1960's: Thirty five years later such
>research is only slowly making advances beyond that point. Such is the fate
of
>fringe sciences, which invariably have their fates tied into a very few
>individuals who lose track of the science and how science is done.
>
>There has to be some kernel knowledgable individuals to pick up the pieces.
>SL function like the old rocket societies of yore, and in that capacity
allows
>for fostering of the approaches that will lead to contact.
>
>73
>Chip N1IR
>