“‘Battleship’ and the Science of Alien Invasion Movies”

At the end of my post on “Watching the End of the World from Kanarraville,” I commented that, while we were observing that annular eclipse on Sunday, “We were not alone.”

Which reminds me of the slogan popular among fervent believers in extraterrestrial intelligence: “We are not alone.”

Which reminds me of an article that my son wrote for ksl.com the other day, in which, among other things, he reports on an interview that he did with Seth Shostak, senior astronomer for the SETI Institute:


For the record:  I myself think it extremely likely that intelligent extraterrestrial life exists.  Or, rather, hugely improbable that it doesn’t.  But it’s striking that, thus far, we’ve found no recognizable signs of it.

Posted from Teton Ranch, Idaho.

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