Models

For a long time, people thought our solar system revolved around the Earth. Copernicus (or Galileo to some) came around and proved the planets revolved around our Sun.

Models are important - they are the perspective of an individual's perception of any given event. Models are always biased, but the objective should be to choose a model with the least bias possible.

How is this achieved?

Scrutinize opposing aspects, think critically, and have an open mind.

"All Truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

- Mark Twain


These opinions below may be my own or may belong to the authors whom I reference. They are posted for the benefit of mankind, so that we may collectively achieve a common ground and transition into a new golden era as seamlessly as possible.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Call For Help To Search Skies For Signs Of Life - UPDATE: SETI Institute Wants Help Sorting Through 'Flood' Of New Signals



UPDATE:

SETI TELESCOPES HAVE RECEIVED SO MUCH DATA WHILE SCANNING KEPLER PLANETS, THAT THEY ARE NOW BEGGING FOR HELP SORTING THROUGH IT ALL. http://bit.ly/HirhTS

An array of radio telescopes in the Sierra National Forest have gathered “floods” of signals. The sudden work load is too much for team SETI, and they are asking for help.

The really interesting thing about this story is that the telescopes — working together as “the Allen Telescope Array” — are currently focused on the 156,000 stars that NASA’s Kepler spacecraft is scanning in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra.

I suddenly have an image of Weird Al sculpting mashed potatoes into a mountain (Close Encounters) and telling his girl friend: “This is important. This means something.” But that might be because I watched UHF with my kids the other day.

Jill Tarter, director of the institute’s search for extraterrestrial life, announced that she and her colleagues have created a new public search site that will allow volunteers to receive data on their computers directly from the Allen telescopes. (Isn’t that what SETI@home was created for, or doesn’t work for this particular job?)

“The frequency bands are so crowded,” Tarter said, “that our automated machines are overwhelmed and I’m hoping that an army of volunteers can help us to sort through all this chaos.”

To volunteer to help the SETI Institute sort through data in its search for life in the galaxy, go to setilive.org.
Here’s more about this story, from Newsday: “Call for help to search skies for signs of life”

Leaders at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., are seeking assistance to sort through floods of signals coming into an array of radio telescopes in the Sierra National Forest.

The 42 telescopes there are aiming at patches of the distant sky to seek long-sought signals from extraterrestrial beings — if any exist.

But the radio sky is so crowded with signals from everywhere — from spacecraft to rock stations to iPhones — that no single computer program can process them all, astronomers say.

So the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence leaders who hunt for evidence that advanced civilizations must exist on planets somewhere in the Milky Way are now seeking “citizen scientists” to join their mission and help unscramble the radio signals.



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SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) is the formal program formally funded by the government, and now primarily by private investors. I wonder why the government took our money out of funding SETI? 

As a taxpayer, I'd be interested  in contributing more of my money to discovering intelligent life, rather than spending it on "defense" and the subsistence of a highly wasteful petrochemical reliant society. 


SAN FRANCISCO -  Help wanted: Citizen scientists to hunt for extraterrestrial life in the Milky Way.
Leaders at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., are seeking assistance to sort through floods of signals coming into an array of radio telescopes in the Sierra National Forest.

The 42 telescopes there are aiming at patches of the distant sky to seek long-sought signals from extraterrestrial beings -- if any exist.

But the radio sky is so crowded with signals from everywhere -- from spacecraft to rock stations to iPhones -- that no single computer program can process them all, astronomers say.

So the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence leaders who hunt for evidence that advanced civilizations must exist on planets somewhere in the Milky Way are now seeking "citizen scientists" to join their mission and help unscramble the radio signals.

The telescopes, working together as the Allen Telescope Array, are gathering signals day and night for SETI Institute astronomers to process.

The telescopes currently are focusing on the 156,000 stars that NASA's Kepler spacecraft is scanning in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra. The scientists are using Kepler to search for signs of Earthlike planets in "habitable zones" where life might exist.

Jill Tarter, director of the institute's search for extraterrestrial life, announced Wednesday that she and her colleagues have created a new public search site that will allow volunteers to receive data on their computers directly from the Allen telescopes.

Hundreds if not thousands of volunteers are needed to hunt through screens full of radio noise and try to spot regular patterns of data that might indicate an alien technology at work where the telescopes are focused.

"The frequency bands are so crowded," Tarter said, "that our automated machines are overwhelmed and I'm hoping that an army of volunteers can help us to sort through all this chaos."

If a number of volunteers report spotting the same mysteriously regular patterns of data amid the noise, SETI astronomers would immediately follow up in an effort to identify the signal, Tarter said.

To volunteer to help the SETI Institute sort through data in its search for life in the galaxy, go to setilive.org.




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