archive: RE: SETI Re: [ASTRO] Kathie L. Olsen Selected As NASA Chief Scientist

RE: SETI Re: [ASTRO] Kathie L. Olsen Selected As NASA Chief Scientist

Clements, Robert ( (no email) )
Fri, 21 May 1999 14:05:34 +1000

There's a mundane element to this question: we are currently developing
the technology which allows us to ask these questions scientifically for
the first time. Scientists are like everyone else: they want to be
involved with the newer-than-new crowd; & currently, the broad strokes
of SETI research (SETI - & its variants - itself; the study of
extremophiles; the search for extrasolar planets; etc) are in the
process of moving from the realm of speculation to (moderately hard)
analysis. Of course it's attractive....

All the best,

Robert Clements <Robert.Clements@dva.gov.au>
<http://www.ausnet.net.au/~clemensr/welcome.htm>

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>>From: CVA <cvarc@earthlink.net>
>>Subject: Re: [ASTRO] Kathie L. Olsen Selected As NASA Chief Scientist
>>Sender: owner-astro@brickbat12.mindspring.com
>>Reply-To: CVA <cvarc@earthlink.net>
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>> As Jega, and many others on this list know, I am a casual optimist
>>regarding life out there. That optimism is based on a desire for excitement
>>and discovery. That's *my* unsubstantiated faith, I suppose. But what
>>little strict 'scientist' in me there is, is curious about this rush to
>>find biological stuff out there when the best indicator we have of such
>>existence is the work of Edgar Rice Burrows. Yes, biology should be a
>>consideration, but it should be in line somewhere after 'leftover cafeteria
>>food'.
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