Gary Chiang

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Jill Tartar


The Origins Institute at McMaster University hosted a talk by Jill Tartar, head of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program in the US.
It was an excellent presentation. She was clear, and entertaining. It is obvious that it has been her efforts that have maintained the SETI program despite, in over 40 years of looking and billions of dollars of funding, this program has had ZERO success.
Her efforts remind me of the similar amount of time and resources that have been devoted to proving that the theory of evolution is a scientific fact.
NOW, OVER 150 YEARS AFTER THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES WAS PUBLISHED, WE STILL HAVE NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF FOR EVOLUTION.

4 Comments:

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Dr R Gary Chiang said...

I believe that there is extraterrestrial intelligence (intelligence not of this earth), but I also believe that SETI is using the wrong technology!

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Even if a scientist, say, was able to observe life generating spontaneously from inert matter, would that not raise the further question of the origin of that inert matter and the potentiality inherent within matter from which life sprang, i.e. the question of the origin of the universe?

Given that the origin of the life is properly a metaphysical question that must be chased ad infinitum to an Uncaused Cause--that's if you're some sort of realist--the scientific method seems rather impotent to uncover some basic process out from which all life sprang.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Dr R Gary Chiang said...

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At 10:09 AM, Blogger Dr R Gary Chiang said...

Hi Richard,
Yes, I agree with you.
There are some things science cannot tell us, and one is how this universe got started.
There can be speculation, but that is all. To believe it arose by pure chance without some 'vital force' starting it, requires as much faith as believing in a Creator who took 6 days.

 

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