Calling ET or not Even Answering the Phone?


A. Zaitsev (2014), JBIS67, pp.30-32

Refcode: 2014.67.30
Keywords: Extraterrestrial intelligence, SETI, METI, Interstellar flight, Active SETI, Contact

The complex query (in the Title) can be divided into two more simple questions: To Send or not to Send? (“Calling”) and To Answer or not to Answer? (“Answering”). The second question will be vital maybe tomorrow morning (if the SETI-signal was detected) or maybe never. And in any case, such answering requires a careful analysis of any ET-message received. The first question is quite suitable and feasible for analysis right now. There are two `pro’ arguments: Asteroid Hazard and Loss of Interest.