How SETI Works — SETI stands for ‘search for extraterrestrial intelligence,’ and the term is used to describe both the SETI institute and the search for alien life in general. In this spaced-out episode, Josh and Chuck explore the origin, aims and challenges facing SETI.
A new warning from astrophysicist and global science guru Stephen Hawking: Do not talk to aliens.
The brilliant Hawking is wheel-chair bound and speaks through a computer. But he’s thinking about the cosmos.
With billions of galaxies, trillions of stars, the numbers tell him there’s life out there. The smartest forms could make it here. But we should not want that, says Hawking. Too much danger.
Other scientists disagree. We’ll hear that debate, and talk to the man who heads Earth’s greeting committee for aliens.
Dr. Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in California. She has spent majority of her professional career attempting to determine whether we are alone in the universe, and among her other prior positions, she was the Project Scientist for NASA’s SETI program. In this interview, Dr. Tarter tells us about the latest in SETI research, including what we can expect the Square Kilometer Array to contribute to SETI.
"Someone described my office as an eight-year-old’s daydream," says astronomer Jill Tarter, who has been collecting E.T.-themed office ornaments for 30 years. Tarter was the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute’s first employee, and the inspiration for the character in Carl Sagan’s Contact.
For years you’ve been leaving your computers turned on in order to process data packets for UC Berkeley’s SETI@home - that’s great! Please keep it up! Did you ever want to get more involved? Do you think about the ‘why’, ‘how’, ‘what if?’ of SETI and want to offer improvements? Do…
The SETI Institute’s Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.
SETI’s Jill Tarter has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere, and almost all aspects of this field have been affected by her work.
A high school teacher on how the movie adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel granted him permission to stay curious and pursue questions.
From human settlers to alien visitors - when one society meets another, the results can be messy.
The Jamestown settlement may have kicked off the colonization of the New World. But, you’ll hear how it also left an indelible mark on its ecosystem and the human landscape. Plus, why the Galapagos Islands haven’t been the same since their most celebrated visitor set foot on their rocky shores more than a century ago.
Also: how a spider led the re-population of Krakatau after a devastating volcanic eruption… the "raining" threat of alien microbes… and one man’s emergency plan for when Mars attacks.
Leonardo da Vinci is considered a genius for combining art and science. But how usual is this for us mere mortals? Can science and art sucessfully inform each other?
We’ll hear how the insights of French writer Marcel Proust anticipated modern neuroscience. Also, a debate over the evolutionary function of art. Does it have survival value? We meet a robot whose painting talents have garnered it a job in one of America’s top museums. And, hear - or don’t hear - why some of our relatives don’t monkey around with music. Guests:
* Jonah Lehrer - science journalist, editor-at-large, Seed magazine and author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist * David Sloan Wilson - evolutionary biologist at Binghamton University, and author of Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives * Ellen Dissanayake - independent scholar and author of Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began * Leonel Moura - conceptual artist
We take a look at Denis Villeneuve’s latest film ARRIVAL, with one-on-one conversations with stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, author Ted Chiang and screenwriter Eric Heisserer. To evaluate the science we talked to Mathematica creator Stephen Wolfram, SETI astronomer Seth Shostak and linguist Jessica Coon.
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