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Frank Drake thinks it’s silly to send messages to ET

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Via Kiki Sanford at BoingBoing:

Making contact with aliens: the subject of many a sci-fi story, and a variety of imagined outcomes. Though no one knows what will happen if we encounter intelligent extra-terrestrial life, scientists are dividd on how we should proceed.

SETI, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, has been searching for signals from said ETs for many years with no positive results. Of course, there have been interesting signals, but nothing specifically indicative of intelligence.

Scientists from SETI are turning up the volume on a debate that has been raging for several years over whether we should start actively transmitting messages into outer space rather than continuing to passively scan the skies while only leaking weak radiation from our surface activities on the planet. In a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose this week, Douglas Vakoch presented the question, and stated that beginning to transmit in an active, directed fashion would be part of humanity “growing up”.

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Michigan Man Claims Encounter with ‘Grey Alien’ Creature Inside Home

via Cryptozoology News:

LAPEER, Mich. — A man claims he saw a small grey alien-like creature inside a house in southern Michigan.

The Lapeer County witness, who didn’t reveal his name, states that the encounter was the last in a series of UFO sightings that took place during the summer of 1994. He said his mother was driving he and one of his friends back home from a weekly bowling session at Oxford, Michigan, when he noticed some bright lights in an empty field on the left side of the road.

“I thought there was a football game or some event going on, not realizing where we were. The field was completely illuminated at least a hundred yards and as I observed this I noticed a large triangular object,” he wrote on the MUFON website on Tuesday.

The triangle-shaped object, the witness explained, was hovering 100 feet above the ground.

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Stephen Hawking warns that attempting to contact aliens could invite disaster

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via Cambridge News:

Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that trying to make contact with aliens by calling out to the cosmos could invite disaster.

It comes as a scientist, leading plans to seek out ET, believes that one way he could convince advanced aliens that we’re an intelligent species by teaching them the rules of cricket.

But, if his critics are right, there is a chance that who or whatever picks up the signals will want to take us on – or even invade Lords.

Members of Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) are preparing for the next step in actively calling out to aliens – instead of just listening.

What is known as Active Seti will be under serious discussion this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Jose, California.

Seti spokesman Dr Seth Shostak outlined methods being explored of conducting Active Seti within the next two years – including the possibility of nurturing an alien interest in cricket and rock music.

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Maybe Ancient Aliens Are Out There After All

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Micah Hanks at Mysterious Universe:

The concept of alien life visiting Earth, particularly in ancient times to plant the seeds of knowledge amidst early human minds, has gone through a renaissance over the last few years. Every few decades, trends (including this one) will appear to go through short little bursts of revitalization, almost like mystery signals leaping from the otherwise desolate void of space, and calling to us with promises of things greater and more distant than ourselves or the knowledge we have attained.

While the concept of “ancient aliens” has been entertained by some of the brightest minds, the concept is generally attributed to–of all people–Carl Sagan, who posited as early as 1966 that what he called paleo-contact might account for knowledge brought to Earth by extraterrestrials, in a book he coauthored with astrophysicist I.S. Shklovski called Intelligent Life in the Universe. Earlier roots predating Sagan and Shklovski’s writing have been linked to H.

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‘Gray Creature’ Spotted in Ohio by Former Marine

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via Highland County Press:

A resident of the Carmel community has reported seeing a strange creature along Carmel Road on Friday, Dec. 12.

Ron McGlone, an investigator with Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), said “The witness was driving near Carmel on Dec. 12, 2014, came up over a hill and saw a 7′ tall slim, gray creature with muscular legs that walked like its knees were backwards.

“The 60-year-old former Marine (who allegedly saw the creature) also said it didn’t seem to have arms. He also included a sketch made shortly after he arrived home.

“I would like to get this information out in your area in hopes that maybe someone else has seen it – or that their giant cross-bred ostrich got loose – or something!”

To view a sketch and read more, go here.

h/t Unexplained Mysteries.

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The Great Filter to the Fermi Paradox

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Why have humans not been contacted by aliens (at least officially)? Drake’s Equation states that humans are almost certainly not the only intelligent species in the galaxy (estimates of existing alien civilizations currently range from 2 to 280,000,000 for the Milky Way galaxy). Thus there should be a preponderance of alien races zooming around and colonizing throughout space. Yet neither Bill Clinton, nor George W Bush ever got a photo op with sapient extraterrestrials.

This led Enrico Fermi to coin his famous Fermi Paradox, which observes the discrepancy between the theoretically high number of existing alien civilizations and the curious lack in any observed evidence of their existence.

There are a number of theories which attempt to reconcile this paradox, not the least of which is the theory of the Great Filter. The Great Filter postulates that a harrowing bottleneck of life causes very few civilizations to come into existence, thus we have not seen any evidence of them.… Read the rest

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Roswell UFO researcher claims to have picture of aliens

The alleged photo shows an alien whose head is "insect-like." William Cho (CC  by-sa 2.0)

The alleged photo shows an alien whose head is “insect-like.”
William Cho (CC by-sa 2.0)

via OpenMinds [This was published on November 13]:

Roswell researcher and author Tom Carey told the crowd at American University yesterday that he has the “smoking gun” to prove once and for all aliens are real. According to an article by WTOP in Washington, Carey claims to have a picture of an alien, but did not have the picture with him.

Carey has been researching the alleged crash a flying saucer in Roswell, NM since 1991. He is a co-author and researcher of a couple of books on the topic with his research partner Don Schmitt.

He told the crowd that the images are on Kodachrome color slides and that their research on the legitimacy of the slides has been promising.

Carey says: “What’s interesting is, the film is dated 1947. We took it to the official historian of Kodak up in Rochester, New York, and he did his due diligence on it, and he said yes, this filmstrip, the slides are from 1947.

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Are we sending aliens the right messages?

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via BBC:

Despite decades of sending sounds and pictures into space no aliens have responded. Have we been doing it wrong? Tracey Logan investigates, and discovers some novel attempts to make contact – including the smells of our planet.

Artist Carrie Paterson has long dreamed of beaming messages far out to the emptiness of space. Except her messages would have an extra dimension – smell.

By broadcasting formulae of aromatic chemicals, she says, aliens could reconstruct all sorts of whiffs that help to define life on Earth: animal blood and faeces, sweet floral and citrus scents or benzene to show our global dependence on the car. This way intelligent life forms on distant planets who may not see or hear as we do, says Paterson, could explore us through smell, one of the most primitive and ubiquitous senses of all.

Her idea is only the latest in a list of attempts to hail intelligent life outside of the Solar System.

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Alien Abduction or “Accidental Awareness”?

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via Scientific American:

So then they roll me over on my back, and the examiner has a long needle in his hand. And I see the needle. And it’s bigger than any needle that I’ve ever seen.” So testifies Betty Hill, of her experience inside a flying saucer near Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, in 1961. Betty and her husband, Barney Hill, are the earliest known victims of alien abduction, and the 1966 bestseller The Interrupted Journey describes how they recalled the event under hypnosis. Their story includes nude medical exams and invasive probing—an alien abduction scenario many of us recognize from the TV shows and movies of the past 50 years.

But in 2008 a Columbia University psychoanalyst published “Alien Abduction: A Medical Hypothesis” which suggested that what is known as “accidental awareness under general anesthesia”—in which a patient awakens on the table during surgery—might lie behind stories of alien abduction.

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