At 5pm Pacific time tonight, BlogTalkRadio will have a discussion between Alan Boyle, Seth Shostak, and Don Lincoln on Aliens! Shostak is the SETI guy, whose latest book is Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Lincoln is a physicist who has written Alien Universe: Extraterrestrial Life in Our Minds and in the Cosmos.
What questions are scientists asking about the existence of intelligent extraterrestial life? Alan Boyle talks with Seth Shostak – Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI – and Don Lincoln –physicist at Fermilab, member of the science team for the Compact Muon Solenoid at the Large Hadron Collider.
None of them are biologists.
I guess it might be interesting, sorta kinda. I’m just a little bit exasperated with physicists getting together and babbling about alien life, with only the barest, faintest understanding of biology between them. Maybe they should talk about the existence of extraterrestrial compact muon solenoids? Or better yet, maybe I should talk about it! I haven’t the slightest idea what it is!
(In case you’re new here, I have serious doubts about the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life anywhere near us — life, sure, but our kind of intelligence represents a very tiny niche. So Shostak is just wasting everyone’s time, and physicists always overestimate the likelihood of technological civilizations.)