The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is the collective name for a number of activities undertaken to search for intelligent extraterrestrial life. SETI projects use scientific methods in this search. For example, electromagnetic radiation is monitored for signs of transmissions from civilizations on other worlds. Some of the most well-known projects are run by Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, or the SETI Institute. In 1995, the United States federal government ceased funding to SETI projects, forcing them to turn to private funding to continue the search, though in recent years, government funding of SETI has resumed at modest levels.
The parameters of the "search for extraterrestrial intelligence" have been normalized by means of being given acronym status and generalized to mean the authority-approved false effort to "search for extraterrestrial intelligence" with government tax money.
The initial assumptions underlying the SETI effort are reflected by the following statement to the U.S. Congress by the director of the SETI Research Center at Berkeley:
Statement of Dan Werthimer
Director, Berkeley SETI Research Center
University of California, Berkeley
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
United States House of Representatives
May 21, 2014
Mr. Chairman and members of the committee:
Thank you for the invitation to discuss SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
SETI experiments are trying to determine whether other intelligent, technologically capable, life exists in the universe, to answer the question "Are we alone?" or "Is anybody out there?"
In the last fifty years, evidence has steadily mounted that the components and conditions we believe necessary for life are common and perhaps ubiquitous in our galaxy. Planets beyond our solar system, while once relegated to the domain of speculation, are now known to be common and numerous. Nevertheless, no evidence exists for the presence of life outside of the Earth. However, on our own planet, life is known to have arisen early and flourished. And while the propensity for evolution of intelligence from basic forms of life is not currently well understood, it appears that intelligence has imparted a strong evolutionary advantage to our own species. The possibility that life has arisen elsewhere, and perhaps evolved intelligence, is plausible and warrants scientific inquiry.
From NASA's Kepler mission we've learned there are roughly one trillion planets in our Milky Way galaxy; three times more planets than stars. Billions of these planets are Earth sized and in the "habitable" or so called "Goldilocks" zone - not too distant from their host star (too cold), and not too close to their star (too hot). And there are billions of other galaxies outside our Milky Way galaxy - plenty of places where life could emerge and evolve.
SETI programs are not searching for primitive life; instead, SETI programs largest radio and optical telescopes to search for evidence of advanced civilizations and their technology on distant extrasolar planets.
Earth's civilization has been sending radio and television signals into space for roughly 85 years. Travelling at the speed of light, early television shows like I Love Lucy and the Ed Sullivan show have gone past tens of thousands of stars. Nearby stars have "seen" the Simpsons. Humans use powerful radars to monitor nearby space, and utilize bright lasers as adaptive optics "guide stars" for terrestrial optical observatories. Perhaps other civilizations, if they are out there, emit radio signals, navigational beacons, laser beams, or other signals that Earthlings could detect. Such signals could be accidental - an artifact of their technology, much the way that earth's television and radar leaks into space, or perhaps extraterrestrial civilizations might transmit deliberate signals for the purpose of interstellar communication.
Perhaps they might also communicate in far more logical ways, not having limited themselves by preposterous initial ontological assumptions as have the reductionist paradigmatics who believe in the SETI idea.
It is only the conceit of the scientific and post-industrial societies that allows us to even propound some of the questions that we take to be so important. For instance, the question of contact with extraterrestrials is a kind of red herring premised upon a number of assumptions that a moment's reflection will show are completely false. To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant. And yet, this has been chosen as the avenue by which it is assumed contact is likely to occur. [...] Only that which is validated through consensus via certain sanctioned instrumentalities will be accepted as a signal.
Physicist Enrico Fermi wrote of the "paradox" that SETI is faced with:
The size and age of the universe incline us to believe that many technologically advanced civilizations must exist. However, this belief seems logically inconsistent with our lack of observational evidence to support it. Either (1) the initial assumption is incorrect and technologically advanced intelligent life is much rarer than we believe, or (2) our current observations are incomplete and we simply have not detected them yet, or (3) our search methodologies are flawed and we are not searching for the correct indicators.
Oh gosh, who could know, but could it be number 3, perhaps? The aliens must be laughing hard — at least those that have a propensity for humor — while these silly human "authorities" persist in dogmatically embracing flawed initial assumptions (primordially physicalism, or fundamentalist-materialism) that restrict the parameters of the search, rather than paying attention to the thousands of human beings who say they were abducted and people who claim to be able to channel extraterrestrial intelligences (most notably Bashar).
According to Wikipedia:
Some in the UFO community, such as nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, are highly critical of the search and say it is unscientific. Friedman has written that "if aliens are indeed visiting, then the Radio Telescope Search for ET signals would seem a useless exercise and might indicate the SS [SETI specialists] have been on the wrong track all along". He has challenged SETI scientists to debate the issues, with no takers so far. Examples of objections to SETI include questioning energy requirements as well as why advanced civilizations would use radio.
The SETI effort is so exceedingly anthropocentric that there is likely some other hidden purpose to it. It could perhaps be seen as a creation guided by the general government "disclosure" coverup mindset, as it decides what SETI efforts are granted stolen (tax) money. Perhaps the computing power freely provided by SETI@home users is being used for something much less benevolent than searching for extraterrestrial intelligence in the most anthropomorphic way imaginable. There is nothing wrong with SETI per se, which is simply following the scientific method; the problem is that it is presented as the "authoritative" way by which alien contact would have to occur. The naïve SETI enthusiasts are happy to play the part of gatekeepers, being so emotionally invested in the project that it has become part of their identity.
Even within the parameters of scientism, as Edward Snowden points out, SETI doesn't consider the idea of compressed or encrypted messages, which would be indistinguishable from the cosmic microwave background radiation.
How extraterrestrials would actually communicate
Speaking of the difference between what you might call "our technology" and "your technology", understand that to us, the best receivers are you, yourselves. Not the idea of radios or other technological devices. You are already designed to be the perfect senders and the perfect receivers, biologically, and that is why most of the information at this time, regardless of what your scientists would like to had happen, is actually coming through people rather than through radio telescopes and such.
Because, we have already established a methodology of forming a harmonious vibrational connection through the biological lifeforms on your planet, and it's just the way we choose to operate for a variety of reasons, first and foremost being that when it comes through a person, no one on your planet has to believe it's true. Thus we are sharing information without forcing anyone to believe it — which is how we operate. We have a complete hands-off non-interference perspective. It's up to you to decide to meet us half-way by adopting these concepts that we live by, but we in no way, shape or form require you to do so, because if we did, then we wouldn't really ultimately be interacting with unique beings; we would only be interacting with beings we had made into the images of ourselves. And what would be the purpose in that?
More reasons why that's the best methodology:
The idea is that the channel is usually somehow trained to change and shift the frequencies of brain waves — or whatever passes for a brain in a particular species — that then becomes more akin to our frequency, and we match our frequency to that, which is more akin to their frequency, and somewhere, in a sense, in a balance point, we lock, like tuning forks vibrating together. And once we are vibrating together in lockstep and harmonizing in that way, then our thoughts are automatically translated by that particular individual in that society into whatever form of communication is relevant for that society. So they are mirroring our personality, turning their energy into a replica of our thoughts, a replica of our personality, in their own energy, in order to be a representative biological translator of the thought frequencies that we are sending through those vibrations.
I am not speaking at all. I am simply sending thought patterns that are automatically translated through the language that the channel understands, just as when an entity comes through a channel in a different culture, it will come out in the language of that culture. This is the telepathic connection — telempathic connection — that we train, in a sense, to create; that the channels train themselves through synchronicity to be capable of matching the vibration of, so that such a transmission can occur.
Many scientists on your planet think that communication with extraterrestrials is gonna come through radio waves and so on and so forth, and while that might be true of some civilizations, you're actually existing right now in a radio desert. All of the different civilizations that had radio waves long ago, those radio waves have long since passed your position in space. Those that have yet to develop them haven't reached you yet. So you're really not going to hear the idea from radio waves. To us, one of the most efficient things to do is to actually utilize a member of the society because then the translations, once that member is trained properly, come through with all of the nuance, and inflection, and societal idioms, that are necessary for you to really understand the transmission. It's the most efficient way there is, in our opinion.
From any ET's perspective, it probably appears quite bizarre the disempowering way we disregard what our fellow human beings tell us simply because they have insufficient "physical evidence" to "prove" their experience. Thus, the transmission of empowering information via non-alienating instrumentalities long before any kind of physical contact.
Anthropocentrism and the "Rare Earth Hypothesis"
The definition of "life" in the authority-based reductionist "empirical" epistemology of the objective reality metaparadigm is as narrow as possible, yet keeps expanding as ever-so-"shocking" scientific discoveries are made over time. If they are "too shocking", they are swept under the rug without making it into the mainstream false canon of knowledge.
In planetary astronomy and astrobiology, the Rare Earth Hypothesis argues that the emergence of complex multicellular life on Earth (and, subsequently, intelligence) required an improbable combination of astrophysical and geological events and circumstances. The hypothesis argues that complex extraterrestrial life is a very improbable phenomenon and likely to be extremely rare. The term "Rare Earth" originates from Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe (2000), a book by Peter Ward, a geologist and paleontologist, and Donald E. Brownlee, an astronomer and astrobiologist, both faculty members at the University of Washington.
An alternative view point was argued by Carl Sagan and Frank Drake, among others. It holds that Earth is a typical rocky planet in a typical planetary system, located in a non-exceptional region of a common barred-spiral galaxy. Given the principle of mediocrity (also called the Copernican principle), it is probable that the universe teems with complex life. Ward and Brownlee argue to the contrary: that planets, planetary systems, and galactic regions that are as friendly to complex life as are the Earth, the Solar System, and our region of the Milky Way are very rare.
Given the extreme diversity of lifeforms that emerge out of the observed parameters of biology, the anthropocentric assumption that life and consciousness beyond our planet must conform to the parameters we observe on Earth makes far less sense than the simple notion that each expression of consciousness has its own life-producing system on planets regardless of their size, temperature, radial distance, the type of star they orbit, etc.
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe: extraterrestrial life and life on Earth. This interdisciplinary field encompasses the search for habitable environments in our Solar System and habitable planets outside our Solar System, the search for evidence of prebiotic chemistry, laboratory and field research into the origins and early evolution of life on Earth, and studies of the potential for life to adapt to challenges on Earth and in outer space. Astrobiology addresses the question of whether life exists beyond Earth, and how humans can detect it if it does. (The term exobiology is similar but more specific — it covers the search for life beyond Earth, and the effects of extraterrestrial environments on living things.)
Astrobiology makes use of physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, molecular biology, ecology, planetary science, geography, and geology to investigate the possibility of life on other worlds and help recognize biospheres that might be different from the biosphere on Earth. The origin and early evolution of life is an inseparable part of the discipline of astrobiology. Astrobiology concerns itself with interpretation of existing scientific data; given more detailed and reliable data from other parts of the universe, the roots of astrobiology itself—physics, chemistry and biology—may have their theoretical bases challenged. Although speculation is entertained to give context, astrobiology concerns itself primarily with hypotheses that fit firmly into existing scientific theories.
The chemistry of life may have begun shortly after the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago, during a habitable epoch when the Universe was only 10–17 million years old. According to the panspermia hypothesis, microscopic life—distributed by meteoroids, asteroids and other small Solar System bodies—may exist throughout the universe. Nonetheless, Earth is the only place in the universe known to harbor life. More than 99 percent of all species, amounting to over five billion species, that ever lived on Earth are estimated to be extinct. Estimates on the number of Earth's current species range from 10 million to 14 million, of which about 1.2 million have been documented and over 86 percent have not yet been described.
Estimates of habitable zones around other stars, along with the discovery of hundreds of extrasolar planets and new insights into the extreme habitats here on Earth, suggest that there may be many more habitable places in the universe than considered possible until very recently. On 4 November 2013, astronomers reported, based on Kepler space mission data, that there could be as many as 40 billion Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zones of sun-like stars and red dwarf stars within the Milky Way Galaxy. 11 billion of these estimated planets may be orbiting sun-like stars. The nearest such planet may be 12 light-years away, according to the scientists.
It has been proposed that viruses are likely to be encountered on other life-bearing planets. Astrobiologists Chandra Wickramasinghe and Fred Hoyle think that the virus of the 1918 flu pandemic arrived to Earth by meteorite. Efforts to discover current or past life on Mars is an active area of research. On 24 January 2014, NASA reported that current studies on the planet Mars by the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers will now be searching for evidence of ancient life, including a biosphere based on autotrophic, chemotrophic and/or chemolithoautotrophic microorganisms, as well as ancient water, including fluvio-lacustrine environments (plains related to ancient rivers or lakes) that may have been habitable. The search for evidence of habitability, taphonomy (related to fossils), and organic carbon on the planet Mars is now a primary NASA objective.
To reiterate, "Earth is the only place in the universe known to harbor life" only if one limits the parameters of the search to anthropocentric assumptions about not only the observed parameters of Earth biology, but assumptions about the nature of reality itself — assumptions which are handed down by the "authorities" on the subject, which is why "astrobiology concerns itself primarily with hypotheses that fit firmly into existing scientific theories".
The nearest detected planet that fits these anthropocentric parameters (i.e. is in the "Goldilocks zone") "may be 12 light-years away, according to the scientists". Bashar, (someone who claims to be) a channeled extraterrestrial and extra-dimensional consciousness — who somehow sounds more convincing than the anthropocentric scientists — says that there are six civilizations within a 12 ly radius... none of whom communicate via radio signals.
As for Mars, our ET neighbors, who appear to be communicating with us via more "subtle" means than what we have been led to expect, claim that, in a timescale of around 1.5 million years ago, our souls incarnated on Mars, before moving to Maldek (now the asteroid belt), and then the Earth.
The Drake equation
The first SETI conference took place at Green Bank, West Virginia in November 1961. The ten attendees were conference organiser Peter Pearman, Frank Drake, Philip Morrison, businessman and radio amateur Dana Atchley, chemist Melvin Calvin, astronomer Su-Shu Huang, neuroscientist John C. Lilly, inventor Barney Oliver, astronomer Carl Sagan and radio astronomer Otto Struve. From the agenda points of the conference Drake derived the Drake equation by multiplying the various factors that were discussed at the conference. The Drake equation is an estimation of how many planets in the Milky Way are inhabited by intelligent life forms.
The first SETI conference opened with an idea that has a large number of assumptions built in, beginning with the objective reality assumption, to the physicalism assumption, to the resulting assumption of a speed of light limitation, down to some anthropocentric "authority"-based assumptions — such as focusing on the idea of radio signaling rather than examining signals from fellow Human beings who are channeling information from higher-frequency aspects of their consciousness, including extraterrestrial beings presenting not some vague claims but entire Theories Of Everything.
Are the SETI centralized controllers even telling the truth?
Adronis of Sirius says that SETI, as part of one of the rungs of the disclosure ladder, will "publicly admit that they have had certain forms of broadcasts being received through their own transmissions", around the timeframe of 2016-2020.
So the idea is that even the majority of the participants in the SETI project don't necessarily receive unfiltered truthful information, meaning that the degree of centralization of the SETI effort is sufficient to conform to the "automatic coverup" mindset and agenda of the U.S. government and the "military-industrial complex" or shadow government.