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Looking for ET, Ready To Get Serious

It seems that astronomers think that we should become more focused on searching for extraterrestrial intelligence. Whether there are aliens out there in the universe who have super advanced technology, we will probably have no idea unless scientists could find conclusive evidence.

Long an underfunded, fringe field of science, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence may be ready to go mainstream.
Astronomer Jason Wright is determined to see that happen. At a meeting in Seattle of the American Astronomical Society in January, Wright convened “a little ragtag group in a tiny room” to plot a course for putting the scientific field, known as SETI, on NASA’s agenda.
The group is writing a series of papers arguing that scientists should be searching the universe for “technosignatures” — any sign of alien technology, from radio signals to waste heat.

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I always thought valuing knowledge and discovery, even when not immediately practical, was one of the ways to take a stand against capitalism, or at least economic materialism.
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We barely have signs of intelligence on earth, it's a waste of time and money to look for it elsewhere.
And if you found it in space, then what? No one on earth is taking a stand against aggressive capitalism and pollution or human overpopulation.
We don't even do what's right for Earth. What difference will it make finding intelligence anywhere else.
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