Ask Dr. SETI ®
I am curious about the motto on The SETI League website, and in your email signature line: "We know We're Not Alone!". Is this the official motto of the the SETI league? I am a big SETI fan, but curious as to how you "know"?
Even the Drake equation essentially represents a mathematical probability at its heart, based upon the latest scientific observations and assessments from models. But it does not constitute a proof (knowing) in terms of scientific objectivity.
Seems a strong statement!
The Doctor Responds:
A defensible alternative interpretation is that we (1500 members of The SETI League) know (because of all those other members) we're not alone (in our interest in searching for extraterrestrial intelligence).
So, consider this motto a bit of an inside joke. The UFO believers nod their heads knowingly, and wink. The UFO disbelievers shake their heads knowingly, and frown. All the while, we just sit back and smile.
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