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Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co
2101 Summer St.
Houston, TX 77007
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Speaker: Dr Donna Jurdy, Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University
Over 50+ years of listening and searching for evidence from an alien intelligence has not led to a single creditable example. Thus, the "Fermi Paradox" remains unanswered. Possible explanations for "The Great Silence" abound. The 'Rare Earth' hypothesis, developed from studying the Earth’s fast start of life, but slow advance to intelligence, may offer evidence of the unlikely development of numerous intelligent civilizations. Radio telescopes, at limited wavelengths, are the current technology for ongoing investigations. Analysis of media coverage, themes in science fiction and film, hoaxes, and psychological factors will be considered. The scientific, societal, religious, and political impacts of an actual First Contact scenario will be included. Northwestern University’s special role in the history of SETI will be noted. The ongoing 'exoplanet' discoveries from NASA missions continue to provide numerous examples of possible earth-like planets in life-hosting systems. Future initiatives will utilize new technology by searching for signals in optical or infra-red wavelengths. Another future approach will be to search for direct evidence of life, instead of auxiliary signals. Still, what observations would offer proof of life?
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