archive: Re: SETI The Drake Equation - Probability One

Re: SETI The Drake Equation - Probability One

Larry Klaes ( )
Thu, 20 May 1999 15:27:27 -0400

"In a very real sense this search for extraterrestrial
intelligence is a search for a cosmic context for mankind, a
search for who we are, where we have come from, and what possibilities
there are for our future - in a universe vaster
both in extent and duration than our forefathers ever dreamed

- Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CETI),
Carl Sagan, Editor, 1973, MIT Press, "Introduction",
pp. ix-x


At 01:22 PM 05/20/1999 -0500, Brian Straight wrote:

>-----Original Message-----
>From: John Willcox <>
>To: <>
>Date: Thursday, May 20, 1999 12:58 PM
>Subject: Re: SETI The Drake Equation - Probability One
>> The point I wanted to state (after all this clumsy verbiage):
>>The motivation for SETI is neither Science, nor some vague
>>cosmic hand-waving philosophy. It is the culmination of all that we
>>are and want to be. If it occurs to us on our world...
>Wonderfully put, John!
>We also learn a great deal about _ourselves_ in the search, which
>is why I think seti is one of the most worthwhile things human beings
>can do. The chance of success is our lifetime is not great--but
>if it happens, EVERYTHING changes!
>Kudos also to everyone participating in Project Argus. You guys are
>the frontline in this endeavor--thanks for your guts and determination.
>As a humble seti@home participant, I take my hat off to you all.
>>Thanks for the fascinating discussion.
>>John Willcox
>>Project Argus Observatory FM29fx