RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.
7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker
New Thoughts on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
It has been more than 50 years since the first attempt to sift the skies for radio signals that would betray the existence of intelligent beings beyond Earth. So far, nothing has been heard.
Does this failure mean anything? Could it be that we simply need to give these experiments more time? Or are the assumptions made in designing these efforts fatally flawed?
In this talk, Seth Shostak will explain how modern technology is rapidly increasing the speed and extent of our search for alien transmissions, and that new experiments could turn up a signal within a few decades or less.
He will also consider the anthropocentric nature of the searches so far, and suggest how our conservative assumptions about ET’s nature and behavior may be hindering our attempts to find him.