A very quick blog post.
This amused me.
SETI projects search for intelligent life by, for example, looking for meaningful messages in electromagnetic radiation; SETI is looking for radio transmissions from civilizations on other worlds. This implies that life is considered to be intelligent if it can transmit information using radio electromagnetic radiation.
Humans have only been able to do this for 100 years or so. Therefore, before we achieved this ability, by SETI standards, humans would not be considered intelligent. ;)
Sorry Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin!
In seriousness though, this shows the difficulty projects like SETI face. 100-odd years is such a minuscule period of time relative to the age of the Galaxy. If we have only been broadcasting for such a small period of time, what are the chances of detecting some other intelligent broadcasting civilization?Follow @kashfarooq