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What is the real reason we haven't found ET ?


Posted on Friday, 28 September, 2018 | Comment icon 102 comments

There may be a very good reason why we have yet to find ET. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Hajor
A new study has indicated that we may have barely even scratched the surface in our hunt for intelligent aliens.
The question of whether we are alone in the universe remains one of the biggest philosophical conundrums of our time. While it seems almost inconceivable that our civilization is alone in the cosmos, the fact still remains that we have yet to see any evidence to the contrary.

The Fermi paradox, which highlights the contradiction between the likely existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the fact that we have still never encountered any, seems to suggest that either there are no aliens out there, or they are so rare that it is unlikely we would ever come across them.

But could things really be that simple or are we just expecting too much, too soon ?

SETI pioneer Jill Tarter, who was the inspiration for Jodie Foster's character in the movie Contact, has previously compared the hunt for evidence of extraterrestrial life in the universe to someone trying to find fish in the Earth's oceans by examining a single glass of water.

During a presentation at a NASA workshop on Wednesday, Tarter updated her analogy by referencing a recent study which has tried to better represent the scope of our modern day hunt for alien life.

Despite our advances over the last few years however, it seems that we still haven't looked very far.

"Our current search completeness is extremely low, akin to having searched something like a large hot tub or small swimming pool's worth of water out of all of Earth's oceans," the study authors wrote.

In other words - we still have a very long way to go.

Source: CNET.com | Comments (102)

Tags: SETI, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #93 Posted by StarMountainKid on 12 October, 2018, 16:50
I think a problem would be discovering the Earth in the first place. Given the vast distances between stars, ET may only be able to visit nearby habitable planets in their neighborhood. The Earth may not be near enough to them to easily visit or even to realize it exists.
Comment icon #94 Posted by Erno86 on 12 October, 2018, 19:01
†My answer to the OP: Because the†ET's are obviously†not dumb enough to†establish any foreign relations with potentially hostile governments on foreign planets ---†Even though they've already peaceably invaded our own planet and airspace with --- imho --- superluminal capable interstellar starships.†
Comment icon #95 Posted by Alien Origins on 12 October, 2018, 20:22
Maybe because they have more pressing issues....In other words minding their own business.†
Comment icon #96 Posted by XenoFish on 14 October, 2018, 23:15
Humanity will never win against us.
Comment icon #97 Posted by Erno86 on 15 October, 2018, 15:55
The†possibility of the existence of highly intelligent dinosauroid humanoids from another star system.
Comment icon #98 Posted by OverSword on 15 October, 2018, 16:16
Mmmmmmkay..............
Comment icon #99 Posted by Hawken on 15 October, 2018, 17:32
Comment icon #100 Posted by Gomar on 16 October, 2018, 14:03
Both true and not true.† Eventhough the "discovery" of Australia and Aborigines by Capt.Cook after living alone for 50,000 years led to their decimation, what Australia is like right now more than makes up for it.† Same for "American Indians", Carib, Hawaiians, Eskimo, Africans, and all so-called "lost tribes". Yes, natives were killed, cultures destroyed;However, today even Indians have cell phones, TVs, computers, drive cars, and dental care with novocaine.†† So, will humans be eaten or enslaved by alien invaders, not likely. No one will yell "Johnny, it's a cookbook!"
Comment icon #101 Posted by highdesert50 on 21 October, 2018, 13:39
You missed my point. Or, rather, I was not clear in making my point in the brevity of the statement. If I understand your retort, you are saying you are distinctly different in that you are capable of philosophical conversation. I don't contest that. My point is that we use a human, anthropocentric, or a you state 'terran' perspective for measurement. Measurement that is unique to us as humans, may not necessarily be a viable measurement tool in the context of other species that have evolved in a manner distinctly different than that of a human. We presume that our measurement method, hence ou... [More]
Comment icon #102 Posted by OverSword on 22 October, 2018, 1:44
Yes Iím in agreement with you for the purpose of intellectual exercise but the reality is that what you are talking about is pure fantasy for now.† The end result of evolution does not seem to have the goal of high intelligence, meaning high like humans not like dolphins or chimpanzees. That makes it reasonable to assume imo that we may very well be effectively alone in the universe†


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