Proof of Aliens Could Come Within 25 Years, Scientist Says

Are they out there? Some believe they've seen them in person. Some even say they are reptiles. What do you say?
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Proof of extraterrestrial intelligence could come within 25 years, an astronomer who works on the search said Sunday.

"I actually think the chances that we'll find ET are pretty good," said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View, Calif., here at the SETI con convention. "Young people in the audience, I think there's a really good chance you're going to see this happen."

Shostak bases this estimation on the Drake Equation, a formula conceived by SETI pioneer Frank Drake to calculate the number (N) of alien civilizations with whom we might be able to communicate. That equation takes into account a variety of factors, including the rate of star formation in the galaxy, the fraction of stars that have planets, the fraction of planets that are habitable, the percent of those that actually develop life, the percent of those that develop intelligent life, the fraction of civilizations that have a technology that can broadcast their presence into space, and the length of time those signals would be broadcasted.

Reliable figures for many of those factors are not known, but some of the leaders in the field of SETI have put together their best guesses. Late great astronomer Carl Sagan, another SETI pioneer, estimated that the Drake Equation amounted to N = 1 million. Scientist and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov calculated 670,000. Drake himself estimates a more conservative 10,000.

But even if that lower value turns out to be correct, at the rate they're going, it wouldn't take scientists too long to discover an alien signal, Shostak said. "This range, from Sagan's million down to 10,000 – that's the range of estimates from people who have started and worked on SETI," said Shostak. "These people may know what they're talking about. If they do, then the point is we trip across somebody in the next several dozen or two dozen years."

The SETI quest is set to take a leap forward when the Allen Telescope Array, a network of radio dishes under construction in northern California, is fully operational. By 2015, the array should be able to scan hundreds of thousands of stars for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, Shostak said.

But while humans might be able to discover an alien signal within that timeframe, interpreting what ET is trying to tell us could take much, much longer. Shostak admitted such a task would be very difficult. An alien civilization may be as technologically advanced compared to us as Homo sapiens are to our hominid relatives Neanderthals. "We could give our digital television signals to the Neanderthals, and they'll never figure it out. And they're not stupid," he said. Yet simply having proof that we are not alone in the universe would likely be a world-changing achievement, Shostak added.

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Can we convince them for the exact opposite? :cool:
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The neanderthals were aliens, lulz. They used their whole brain, which is alien to us :)
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" wrote:The neanderthals were aliens, lulz. They used their whole brain, which is alien to us :)


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Exactly ;)
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Mundane humans are so, well, mundane.

ET humans have run the world governments for a while now, so if this scientists want to meet an alien, all they have to do is go on a White House tour.

And Earth will not be the same after 2012 in any case.
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" wrote:Mundane humans are so, well, mundane.

ET humans have run the world governments for a while now, so if this scientists want to meet an alien, all they have to do is go on a White House tour.

And Earth will not be the same after 2012 in any case.


LOL feel free to point them and even post videos - let's prove the scientists wrong ;)
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Proof will come in 25 years because of disclosure and the fact that the truth cannot be suppressed anymore. If SETI is saying this, it really means proof is already here but they will reveal it to us some day soon.

As one famous astrophysicist says (degrassi tyson or something like that), look at the difference between primate to humans, 1% difference. Imagine that 1% difference in other species out in the dimensions/cosmos. What to a monkey is advanced sign language is the equivalent to our rocket science. Our rocket science to us might be like re-arranging solar systems and time traveling to other beings. In other words why would they communicate on the same wavelength, through radio transmissions or television broadcasts like we do?

SETI IMO is a joke.....and most who research this phenomenon know it. It's like NASA..and the fact that they are essentially government run, sponsored, and in the case of NASA, is part of the DOD (Department of Defense).

But if they are saying this now..stephen hawkings went out in public and said what he said..and even the documentaries of all the famous politicians/army/etc people talking about the subject openly. It's certainly on it's way here, disclosure and "proof." Hopefully human consciousness starts going towards the right direction so that we don't have the "friendly et's with ulterior motives" scenario happen :)
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Its coming very close to the time of 'disclosure'

It will be much much closer than 25 years

They are here and have always been here

We are part of their creation along with nature, we are all 'alien' to this planet.

I find it funny that suddenly puppets such as Lady gaga (free bitch my ass) and Katy perry are releasing songs talking about people being extra terrestrial and being from another dimension and world.

You can guarantee that disclosure wont be for the peoples benefit, it is necessary to the agenda. Hillary Clinton has made herself be seen in a photo alongside Mr. Rockefeller, and tucked beneath her arm is a book entitled "Are We Alone" by Paul Davies.

It's coming :)
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Yea I saw that picture lol.

I'm like Bitch you know they are here! Well actually the Clintons haven't been that privy to info...Bill tried to get the government to release the files but failed. Judging how he's got connections into the fraternal orders and the CIA (cocaine trade), I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't already know.

And yes that is true. It is for an agenda. And that's what saddens me about this planet- they can't just let us go.
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Proof. Proof? Are you kidding me. Extraterrestrial Intelligent life has been trying to hide from us for years. The last thing they want is to have to deal with us planetary yokels. Dear god, it would be like having engine trouble in some back water town filled with gap toothed perverts just waiting for some "city folk" to get stuck so they could get all sexed up to the background music of banjos.

Earthlings are an Alien's nightmare. We are too stupid to stop messing with nuclear weapons and too hostile resist using them at the least provocation. We fight over everything from resources to the invisible stuff like religion and political agendas. We eat crap and dump waste everywhere, even space!

I marvel that Aliens stop here at all. All the space rubbish we have littering the planetary neighborhood like abandoned cars and washing machines in front of a rusted trailer. Really the only thing they ever stop for is to borrow some DNA , plasma and a few natural minerals. Jeez. How arrogant are we that we think that proof and contact are some great deal?

By comparison we kind of suck and should do like Steven Hawking suggests, just keep our heads down and hope they don't notice.
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Too late.

We are a reality show.

The good ones are so terrified of us they don't want to be anywhere near us.

The rest just watch us act like retards in their space televisions laughing at us. We are reality TV at it's highest level, a planetary one.
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