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Re: SETI public: Another reason why ETI isn't contacting us



>Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1999 22:29:00 -0500
>From: Robert Owen <rowen@technologist.com>
>Subject: Re: SETI public: Another reason why ETI isn't contacting us
>To: Larry Klaes <lklaes@bbn.com>
>Organization: The Orion Institute
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>Larry Klaes wrote:
>
>> http://www.spaceviews.com/1999/12/19b.html
>>
>> One expert, however, advises participants that no one will
>> ever receive those messages. "Such a stunt would add almost
>> nothing of substance to the electromagnetic leakage from Earth,"
>> said H. Paul Shuch, executive director of the SETI League. "If it
>> were that easy to generate signals detectable at interstellar
>> distances, we would have detected something by now."
>
>Paul also stated, with total cogency --  "I for one fear that such
>efforts trivialize the very real science that goes into contemplation
>of serious interstellar beacons, and may indeed detract from our
>efforts in that direction."
>
>First, the three-ring circus of "Encounter 2001 " and now we have
>"Project Outreach", sponsored by Heineken, the Dutch beer com-
>pany.
>
>Can anyone propose effective countermeasures, or even pre-emptive
>strikes?  If we can stop it, we must.
>
>Bob
>
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