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>From: Robert Owen <rowen@technologist.com>
>Subject: ETI - An Innate Human Idea?
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>The following brief review of the antiquity of the ETI concept,
>extant at least 2000 years ago, was provided by Richard Bell
>[ <stargazer@voyager.net> ]; fascinated interest in this subject
>has the appearance, at least, of being an innate characteristic
>of the human mind. If so, could this be construed to mean that
>The Scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is much
>more than a simple historical accident, much more that a mere
>artifact of our technological evolution? [RMO]
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>The idea of extraterrestrial intelligence in the cosmos is not a new
>one. It was touched upon by the Pythagoreans in the 5th century
>BC and by the Greek atomists Democritus and Epicurus in the 4th
>century BC. Lucretius, Rome's most distinguished philosopher-poet,
>who lived from 95-55 B.C., said that:
>
> "...since infinite space stretches out on all sides, it can
> be in no way considered that this is the only heaven and
> earth created... ...we must realize that there are other
> worlds in other parts of the universe, with races of differ-
> ent men and different animals... ...don't be frightened by
> the novelty of an idea..."
>
>In the sixteenth century the Italian philosopher, Bruno stated:
>
> "... there is not merely one world, one earth, one sun, but
> as many worlds as we see bright lights around us (in infinite
> space).. it is impossible that a rational being.. can imagine
> these innumerable worlds...destitute of similar or even super-
> ior inhabitants..."
>
>So why search for life elsewhere in the Cosmos? Isn't there enough
>trouble with life right here on Earth? Maybe there is. But the dis-
>covery of extraterrestrials has been the dream of the human race
>since we learned how to write thousands of years ago. We wonder
>what they look like, what are they made of, how do they think,
>communicate, how intelligent are they? What else is possible?
>
>To put it in Carl Sagan's words:
>
> "The search for extraterrestrial intelligence
> is a search for who we are."
>
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