archive: Re: FW: SETI Fwd: Scientist: Reason for Optimism in ET Search

Re: FW: SETI Fwd: Scientist: Reason for Optimism in ET Search
Mon, 24 Aug 1998 12:51:09 EDT

In a message dated 8/24/98 8:15:24 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< > the SETIQuest editorial board, a top notch antenna designer, and an all
> around good guy. He is also an outspoken critic of our approach! His
> quote below (from that article) hints at why, and includes Project Argus:
> > "The amazing thing is not that we've
> >> found nothing so far, but that we're not doing the receive effort the
> right
> >> way."
> Given that "the right way" is one which yields positive results, and that
> we've barely begun, I think Chip's judgement is a bit premature. >>

No Paul; I was referring to the fact that the receive effort is not using
Doppler Invariant Pattern Recognition for the polychromatic FHSS modality. My
earlier comment addressed the issue of dish size.

Moderate sized-dishes--run by amateurs-- with DIPR capabilities would have a
vastly higher figure of merit than Phoenix, BETA, or even SERENDIP IV. So, as
you can see, I do not not discount 'amateurs' as a possibility. I do,
however, discount small dish work with very limited bandpass and limited
pattern recognition capabilities.

I am indeed an ardent critic--based on scientific grounds-- of small dish work
for SETI. I am not, however, criticizing the SetiLeague. I am quite confident
the SetiLeague has the wherewithal to pursue a different approach.