What annoys me about SETI research is the tendency to dismiss the
facts already in evidence in favor of speculation. We keep hearing
about how abundant life must be in the universe, yet nothing is ever
said of the evidence to the contrary right here at home in our own
solar system. When you ignore evidence simply because you don't like
its implications, you're treading on very thin ice.
You will love this book:
Extraterrestrials, Where Are They?
by Ben Zuckerman (Editor), Michael H. Hart (Editor)
Paperback 2nd edition (October 1995) Cambridge Univ Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0521448034 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.67 x 8.99 x 6.01
Reviews - from Amazon.com
Since the dawn of history, humans have pondered whether or not other beings exist in our universe. This fascinating volume provides a critical analysis of the plausibility that other intelligent life forms do exist. Leading experts, including Freeman Dyson, Gerald Feinberg, and Robert Sheaffer, debate many interesting aspects of the issue. Illustrations.
Booknews, Inc. , February 1, 1996
Experts in astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics argue that evidence points to the conclusion that technological civilizations are rare. Topics include NASA's high resolution microwave survey, stellar evolution, interstellar propulsion systems, and possible forms of life in environments very different from Earth. This second edition updates papers from a November 1979 symposium and includes three new papers. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Oregon.