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

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

Dr. H. Paul Shuch ( (no email) )
Mon, 24 Aug 1998 21:50:03 -0400

At 12:51 08/24/1998 EDT, wrote:

>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.

Ah, but once we have the rf end of the system worked out (and we're getting
close!) our bandpass and pattern recognition capabilities can only improve
with time. Our systems are evolutionary. If inadequate today (and yes, we
admit the possibility), we hope they will be that much more powerful tomorrow.

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

I did not take your comments as criticism of The SETI League, Chip, but in
case some of our members did, thanks for clarifying. Your support and
constructive criticism are always welcome. In fact (shameless plug), we'd
all be delighted to welcome you as a new SETI League member.
73, Paul
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