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Physicist Paul Davies suggests looking for messages

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 10, 2004

Physicist Paul Davies suggests looking for messages from extraterrestrials in our DNA. For those of you chuckling, “sounds like a Star Trek episode”, it was an episode of Star Trek.

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Mike DAug 10, 2004 at 1:38PM

The DNA process itself developed and evolved on this planet, so his idea of aliens sending info-laden virii into the cosmos probably doesn’t fly. It would be a great way for a visitor to leave a message, though.

(I love that episode of Star Trek)

barnesAug 10, 2004 at 3:15PM

The characterization of SETI as a “project has been running for 40 years” in which “the silence has been deafening” is certainly unfair. The first twenty-five years consisted of a handful of attempts at listening to one point in space at one frequency for something like an hour with the probability of one-in-a-gajillion ( — significantly higher than zero, however) at finding anything. Even with current efforts, a rediculously small fraction of the available listening options have been explored.

souloniceAug 11, 2004 at 11:31AM

It was also a big part of the mythology of The X-Files.

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.