Samir’s Selection 04/18/2015 (p.m.)

  • Dyson, now 91 but still eager to talk about SETI from his office at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., says the null results aren’t surprising but shouldn’t be discouraging. “Our imaginings about the ways that aliens might make themselves detectable are always like stories of black cats in a dark room,” Dyson says. “If there are any real aliens, they are likely to behave in ways that we never imagined. The WISE result shows that the aliens did not follow one particular path. That is good to know. But it still leaves a huge variety of other paths open. The failure of one guess does not mean that we should stop looking for aliens.”

    tags: civilisation biology astrobiology energy SETI FreemanDyson Kardashev Sagan

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