Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence research projects have scanned the sky for over 40 years looking for an intelligent signal. Could our level of intelligence be unique in the universe?
This is one of those thought provoking questions I have real difficulty grappling with, because I know so little about the subject.
The same thing happens when I shop for my wife's birthday, so I've opted to apply the same marginally successful method of reaching a conclusion: make a list, then take a shot in the dark as to which one of them is right.
Unfortunately, I feel the most likely reason that we have not located an alien presence (or Aileen's presents), is that we simply have not looked long enough. I hope there is space at the mall.
I would like to give a shout out to the people at The SETI Institute for having the foresight and diligence to be listening.
From July 25 to September 23, 2001, red rain sporadically fell on
the southern Indian state of Kerala. Heavy downpours occurred in which
the rain was colored red, staining clothes pink. Yellow, green, and
black rain was also reported. Colored rain had been reported in Kerala
as early as 1896 and several times since then.
It was initially thought that the rains were colored by fallout from a hypothetical meteor burst, but a study commissioned by the Government of India concluded that the rains had been colored by airborne spores from locally prolific terrestrial algae.
It was not until early 2006 that the colored rains of Kerala gained widespread attention when the popular media reported that Godfrey Louis and Santhosh Kumar of the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam proposed a controversial hypothesis that the colored particles were extraterrestrial cells. - From 'Red rain in Kerala' - Wikipedia
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