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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.

Why is there no scientific evidence of extraterrestrial intelligent life?
Possible answers:
  • We are the only intelligent life forms.
  • We are the first, or one of the first, intelligent life forms.
  • More of the universe needs to be searched.
  • We are not searching correctly.
  • Intelligent life exists, but they choose not to be known to us.
  • Governments are hiding the evidence.
  • Evidence exists, but is not accepted by the public.
  • Aliens use a different form of communication we cannot detect.

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.

Is Blood Rain Alien Life?

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

The Extraordinary Tale of Red Rain, Comets and Extraterrestrials

Mysterious red cells might be aliens

Weird red rain in India - are we aliens? - BBC Video

Searching for 'our alien origins'

Red rain could prove that aliens have landed

Blood rain

Search for Extraterrestrials Articles, Blogs and Web Sites

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Search for Extraterrestrials Articles
Title Source Date
Is Earth's Life Unique in the Universe? Scientific American 08/14
13 Ways to Hunt Intelligent Aliens Space.com 07/14
Aliens Are Almost Definitely Out There, SETI Astronomers Tell Congress The Huffington Post 05/14
Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star NASA 04/14
Are we ready for contact with extraterrestrial intelligence? Phys.Org 04/14
Future evidence for extraterrestrial life might come from dying stars Harvard Gazette 03/13
Dyson Sphere Hunt Using Kepler Data Centauri Dream 10/12
Finding ET may require giant robotic leap KurzweilAi.net 04/12
SETI search resumes at Allen Telescope Array, targeting new planets SETI 12/11
The Myth of the Evil Aliens Michael Shermer 06/11
The search for ET continues KurweilAI.net 05/11
Budget crunch mothballs telescopes built to search for alien signals Scientific American 04/11
A Darwinian explanation for the Fermi paradox KurweilAI.net 04/11
ET's Asteroid Mining Acitivity Should Be Visible From Earth ArXiv 03/11
Physicists call for alien messaging protocol IT News 01/11
NASA discovery of arsenic-based bacterium expands scope of SETI research KurzweilAI.net 12/10
Why complex life probably evolved only once New Scientist 10/10
Astronomer Seeks ET Machines Astrobiology Magazine 10/10
Research Finds First Potentially Habitable Exoplanet NASA 09/10
The UN’s secretive alien ambassador The Economist 09/10
Just a speck in the cosmic soup Indiana Daily Student 09/10
The search for alien intelligence: Why ET has nowhere left to hide Silicon.com 09/10
Alien hunters should look for artificial intelligence BBC News 08/10
Experts are confident alien life will be discovered soon Softpedia 04/10
Widening the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Science Daily 03/10
Alien attack on earth is possible, says Stephen Hawking University of Cambridge 03/10
Early Attempts to Contact Aliens Astrobiology Magazine 01/09
Search for alien engineering comes up dry – so far New Scientist 12/08
Stuff of Life (but Not Life Itself) Is Detected on a Distant Planet New York Times 03/08
Scientists tune in to 'radio message from the aliens' Telegraph 09/04
The Law of Accelerating Returns Kurzweilai.net 03/01


Search for Extraterrestrials Web Sites and Blogs
Title Description
Exoplanet Exploration JPL
Fermi paradox Wikipedia
Man Claims Aliens Send Him Messages ABC News Video
SETI The SETI Institute
SETI@home Search for aliens from home
SetiLive Help SETI search for alien signals
What to Expect when E.T. Calls The Planetary Society


Article Sources
They're Just Not That Into Us Article by ffa
Image (not a real alien) is licensed from istock.com
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