Feo4: Findings in Martian meteorites...

Posted by Feo Amante on Jan 22, 2004 at 22:43

Re: Feo3: Findings in Martian meteorites... (Planko)

Could not even be a case of how advanced we are. As I alluded to in my previous post, it could simply be a case of research differences.
Think about it, the universe is cluttered with natural radiowaves across the entire spectrum, naturally.

It would seem to me that, for most civilizations, the idea of trying to communicate across the vastness of space using radio signals through so much naturally occurring radio signal static that Can and Will destroy the signal over X distance (depending on many known and unknown factors), would seem foolish.

The reason we use radio signals is because we haven't developed other, stronger methods of communication. Not a case of being less advanced so much as possibly taking a different route of technology.

A television signal, sent from Australia, no matter how strong or how advanced, will never reach the continental United States (without satellite help). It can be a state of the art, bleeding edge technology and computer system that transmits it. It will never reach the U.S.

So we listen for radio signals from outer space. SETI researchers admit to the near impossibility of trying to get even a fragment of a good signal coming from an area thousands of light years away. Yet they try just on the extraordinarily lucky, one in untold X chance (billions and billions - Carl Sagan) that, somehow, someway, a moment of signal may miraculously make it's way through.

And think of this: Using their technology, which can only receive a very tiny amount of signal at any given moment, SETI's chances, so far, are no better, or worse than, winning your state lottery. Statistically speaking, you could play your state lottery for the next 100 years and, whether you play random numbers of the same set twice a week, you still may not win.

Now consider the lottery on a galactic scale. And bear in mind just how powerful of a "Galactic Beacon" you would need to compete with all the stars, large gaseous planets, and other space "noise".

That could easily be too far advanced for a civilization even 200 years ahead of us, let alone someone at our stage of development.

I want to make note of the fact that what I'm saying here neither denies or accepts the possibility of technologically advanced life elsewhere. I'm just listing potentials.

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