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.
About Seth Shostak
Seth Shostak is Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. With degrees in physics and astronomy from Princeton University and Caltech, he has a long history of research in radio astronomy and, since 1991, in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI.
In addition to his research, Seth has written more than 500 popular articles on science and technology, hosts the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show “Big Picture Science”, and is the author, most recently, of “Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence” from National Geographic, and a textbook on astrobiology, “Life in the Universe”, published by Pearson.
He is a frequent guest and commentator on radio and television, and was the chair of the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Committee.