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Old 05-26-2014, 11:55 PM
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Astronomers Tell Congress They're Almost Certain ET Exists

Witnesses Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and Dan Werthimer,

Two top astronomers told Congress today that it would be "bizarre if we are alone" and asked for continued funding to detect extraterrestrial life.

Dan Werthimer, director of the SETI Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley (SETI is short of "Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence") also told the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology that he thinks the possibility of microbial life on other planets is close to 100 percent.

Werthimer and his colleague Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute were on Capitol Hill to discuss the need for continued funding for the search for life in the universe.
And they were bullish about the prospects that there is life in outer space.

"It would be bizarre if we are alone," Werthimer told the committee.

"If you extrapolate on the planets they discovered, there are a trillion planets in the galaxy. That's a lot of places for life," Shostak argued. "We know that the majority of stars have planets," but what "fraction of stars has planets that are more like the earth? It might be one in five."

"It would be a cramped mind that didn't wonder what other life is out there," Werthimer said.

Shostak and Werthimer said there are going to be lots of different stages of life in the universe and there could be "a lot of advanced civilizations" as well.

Werthimer was not advocating reaching out to alien life forms, saying instead that we should just "receive signals and see what's out there. My feeling is that we should just be listening."

Shostak reminded the audience how NASA beamed the Beatle's song "Across the Universe" into space in 2008. Since the transmission was aimed at the North Star, which is located 431 light years away from Earth, we might not get to know if extraterrestrials like the Beatles, Shostak joked.

Both Shostak and Werthimer agreed on this point: There have been no visits from aliens.

"I don't think that that would be something all the governments would have managed to keep a secret," Shostak said. "If they were really here I think everyone would know that."

LOL.....dident we knew this? have a awesome day, Ulla.

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Old 05-27-2014, 10:09 AM
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Thank you for posting this, Ulla. I've searched around on the U.S. House website for the transcript of the hearing, but nothing from 2014 is posted thus far for the Committee on Science, Space & Technology.

Read a few other articles about it, however, and it appears that many of the members of the Committee joked and ridiculed those testifying. Why have a hearing on an issue if you are not going to take the topic and witnesses seriously--or at least treat them professionally? Maddening.

Other articles I've read ridicule the Committee for even having a hearing that touched on the possibility of ET's and argue that instead of ET's, the Committee should be focused on climate change. Okay, I agree that climate change is a worthy topic for discussion for the Committee on Science, Space & Technology, but does that--ipso facto--mean that space exploration and life on other planets/solar systems is not an equally worthy topic for the same Committee? The argument makes no sense to me.

Why can't we talk about two things at once and treat them with equal respect--whether or not you are convinced of the existence of either. Sometimes the level of curiosity of those in Washington DC is truly abysmal.

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Wow, that is shocking to see but not unexpected I suppose. A Congressman actually delivered my own sister in 73 and driving by the NSA a couple of weeks ago, I heard a 60 Minutes story that he was the worst abuser of PACs in all of Congress.
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