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Topic: Seth Shostak

  In Conversation - 04/08/2005: Seth Shostak
Seth Shostak: Well, I was born in Virginia, actually and I in fact grew up in that state, so that’s on the east coast of the United States.
Seth Shostak: Well my interest in the subject of life in space I think was there right from the beginning and in fact I think that that’s an interest that many people have.
Seth Shostak: Well the SETI folk, the researchers that are involved in the SETI, tend to keep the UFO at arm's length on the presumption that you know, this is not actually so good for SETI to be associated with the UFO phenomenon because the UFO phenomenon from their point of view is not science.
www.abc.net.au /rn/science/incon/stories/s1422784.htm   (3152 words)

 "Rare Earth Debate" © CBC — Quirks & Quarks 2000
And Dr. Seth Shostak is an astronomer from the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI Institute, in Mountain View California; a group that’s been looking for signals from other intelligent life in the universe.
Seth Shostak: Well, this line of argumentation kind of reminds me of when I was back in school my roommate was looking for a date and he lamented are a million women in this city and I can’t seem to find a date.
Bob McDonald: Doctor Seth Shostak is an astronomer with the SETI institute in California and Doctor Peter Ward is a paleontologist at the University of Washington in Seattle.
www3.sympatico.ca /n.rieck/docs/rare_earth_debate.html   (3317 words)

 Tech Tidbit -- September 16, 2002
Seth Shostak's wonderful short story, "In Touch at Last," is the only piece of fiction in the 9th edition of Technology and the Future.
Shostak is a senior astronomer with Project Phoenix at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, as well as a science writer, lecturer, and media personality.
Shostak's bio on the site of MWT Associates, an adventure travel agency for which he is a lecturer.
www.alteich.com /tidbits/t091602.htm   (536 words)

 usnews.com: Technology: Next News: Astronomer Seth Shostak on the prospects of alien visitation (11/5/03)
Shostak: I think that what happened at Roswell is well and truly the crash of a military balloon train launched from the nearby Air Force base (they were making these launches on a regular basis in 1947).
Shostak: I think it's worth pointing out a misunderstanding that I hear a lot: many folk believe that a SETI discovery would be covered up, in the same way that they believe that crashed aliens would be efficiently collected by the government and secreted away.
Shostak: I don't see evidence for "intelligent design," which is to say, the necessity of a mechanism other than Darwinian evolution to produce the structures we find in earthly life.
www.usnews.com /usnews/tech/nextnews/archive/next031105.htm   (970 words)

 Seth Shostak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shostak is responsible for numerous outreach activities associated with the SETI Institute.
Each Sunday night, Dr. Shostak interviews guests who are on the bleeding edge of science discovery and technological advance.
Shostak has produced a series of lectures on audio-tape and video on the subject of SETI for the Teaching Company.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Seth_Shostak   (434 words)

 BBC - Communicate - Chat Archive
Seth Shostak: "The scheme that we use is to point very large antennas in the directions of sun-like stars, and look for signals that are clearly produced by a transmitter, and not natural cosmic static."
Seth Shostak: "Well, Sara, I expect aliens to make all kinds of signals, but the kind that we look for are so-called narrow-band signals.
Seth Shostak: "If they are being altruistic, and trying to educate us, they may make their message simple for us.
www.bbc.co.uk /communicate/archive/seth_shostak/page1.shtml   (541 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Space - Search for ET Live Chat
Seth Shostak: "The SETI Institute, where I work, is building a new radio telescope called the Allen Telescope Array, and this telescope will be 100 times faster than what we're doing today.
Seth Shostak: "There are a few, but they are giant planets, not the kind of world ET would like to call 'home'.
Seth Shostak: "All I know is that our ancestors managed to wipe out the Neanderthals and the apes are a lot further behind us, in an evolutionary sense, than the Neanderthals were.
www.bbc.co.uk /science/space/spacechat/livechat/seth_shostak.shtml   (2281 words)

 Shostak, Seth - SETI Institute   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Seth is an astronomer with a BA in physics from Princeton and a PhD in astronomy from Caltech, and is involved with the Institute's SETI research.  But he's also responsible for much of the outreach activities of the Institute.
Seth has produced a series of lectures on tape and video on the subject of SETI.
Seth Shostak is Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, and has been an observer for Project Phoenix as well as an active participant in various international forums for SETI research.
www.seti.org /site/pp.asp?c=ktJ2J9MMIsE&b=277807   (399 words)

 Seth Shostak: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Seth Shostak: It's unlikely that they're gonna be, you know, the size of a thimble, or something like that, because by definition they're going to be intelligent, otherwise we're not going to find them.
Seth Shostak: Well, certainly, the experience on earth has been that when explorers come to visit you, that's usually bad news.
Seth Shostak: I think it may take a few decades yet, but it's not a question of waiting centuries.
www.virtuallystrange.net /ufo/updates/2003/apr/m02-004.shtml   (752 words)

 Search for Intelligent Life in Space (Detailed Description)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Shostak offers a provocative examination of what science can tell us about the possibility of intelligent life in space, what we are already doing to find it—along with what we might do in the future—and what it would mean to us if we succeeded.
Shostak's presentation is enhanced with analogies and explanations that keep science constantly understandable and in the forefront, even for those with no science or astronomy background.
Shostak received a B.A. in Physics from Princeton University, and a doctorate in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 1972.
www.teach12.com /ttc/assets/coursedescriptions/146.asp   (1176 words)

 usnews.com: Technology: Next News: Part One of a chat with SETI astronomer Seth Shostak about his new book, "Cosmic ...
Seth Shostak must love it when people at parties ask him what he does for a living.
Shostak: I don't think the fact that planets may have formed a few billion years earlier than was previously thought possible affects my reaction to the fact that we still haven't found any really good evidence for extraterrestrial life of any kind.
Shostak: This is, of course, a variant on the Fermi paradox: We don't see clues to widespread, large-scale engineering, and consequently we must conclude that we're alone.
www.usnews.com /usnews/tech/nextnews/archive/next031104.htm   (1462 words)

 New Scientist Breaking News - ET first contact 'within 20 years'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Seth Shostak, the SETI Institute's senior astronomer, based his prediction on accepted assumptions about the likelihood of alien civilisations existing, combined with projected increases in computing power.
Shostak, whose calculations will be published in a forthcoming edition of the space science journal Acta Astronautica, first estimated the number of alien civilisations in our galaxy that might currently be broadcasting radio signals.
Shostak admits that there are myriad uncertainties surrounding his prediction, but he defends the basis on which he made it.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn6189   (547 words)

 ASP: SETI’s Prospects Are Bright   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
It appears that Seth and I agree, albeit for different reasons, that should SETI eventually be successful, then it will be because it received signals from distant stars.
In Seth's section "Going All the Way," he refers to "colonization" because he is refighting battles between SETI true believers and skeptics from decades past.
For example, Seth argues that colonization often is not a very compelling motivation for large-scale expansion of a terrestrial civilization.
www.astrosociety.org /pubs/mercury/31_05/response.html   (971 words)

 Cosmic Company: The Search for Life in the Universe - Wal-Mart
In Cosmic Company, Seth Shostak and Alex Barnett ponder the possibility of aliens visiting the Earth, as well as the consequences of receiving a signal from the cosmos proving we're neither alone, nor the most intelligent life forms.
Shostak and Barnett, experienced writers of popular astronomy, provide an accessible overveiw of the science and technology behind the search for life in the universe.
Seth Shostak is a Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute where he is involved in many of the outreach activities of the Institute, including editing the newsletter, overseeing the Web site, giving talks and writing magazine articles about SETI.
www.walmart.com /catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2343407   (702 words)

 Uncommon Descent » “SETI and Intelligent Design”
Second, Shostak qualifies his “simple” target signal as “organized and optimized” and then denies that this implies “intelligent.” We know he doesnt’ mean “self-organized” since he distinguishes his target from what he (erroneously) referred to as the “self-organization” of DNA via evolution.
Shostak says that, “In fact, the signals actually sought by today’s SETI searches are not complex, as the ID advocates assume.
Shostak is worried that being associated with ID would be the kiss of death - the final straw that broke the camel’s back.
www.uncommondescent.com /index.php/archives/541   (1308 words)

 UFO Evidence and ET Hypothesis | AlienZoo.com
Shostak, who holds a degree in physics from Princeton Univ. and a Ph.D. in astronomy from California Institute of Technology, is also author of 1998 Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life.
Seth Shostak: Well, I don.t think I would insult a telescope by calling it immobile.
Shostak: I think fundamentally what you.re saying there is the American public loves the idea of conspiracies.
www.alienzoo.com /roswell/ufoevidence.html   (2680 words)

 UFO Breaking News! UFO Articles UFO Opinion Editorial UFO Flying Saucers Flying Disks Aerial Phenomenon Alien Abduction ...
That said, Shostak again skirted the “preponderance of evidence” as is his routine, and focused on one piece of the puzzle while ignoring the supportive data.
Shostak briefly takes time to make light of “Abductees” plight referring to “scoop marks” often found on their bodies, asking why “beings from distant suns would come to Earth to ‘melon-ball’ the locals.” He injects the idea of “spousal abuse” (as well as others) as the cause of the skin anomalies.
Shostak claims that, “the evidence for extraterrestrial visitors has not convinced many scientists,” yet failed to the name any who have studied the data; he says, “very few academics are writing papers for refereed journals about alien craft or their occupants,” but omits the fact that Ufologists argue that this is part of the problem.
frankwarren.blogspot.com /2005/07/whats-good-for-setis-goose-apparently.html   (1225 words)

 56th Annual Conference on World Affairs - Participants
An astronomer at the SETI Institute in the Silicon Valley, Seth Shostak is engaged in the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
Shostak has spent the majority of his increasingly lengthy life studying galaxies using radio telescopes.
Shostak’s background is eclectic and encompasses such diverse activities as filmmaking, railroading, and computer animation.
www.colorado.edu /cwa/bios.html?id=535&year=2005   (257 words)

 The Great UFO Debate Friedman V Shostak -Part One-
On the topic of the debate between Stanton Friedman and SETI's Seth Shostak on Coast to Coast with George Noory...
Shostak demonstrated ~only~ that he was oblivious to the ~huge~ volume of extant ufological evidence of an excellence that cannot be forever ignored...
Shostak was ~very~ plain that the "giggle factor" did not really exist, and that a ufological reality would be embraced by the scientific community if it had but a "single percentage point" of verity to it.
www.rense.com /general63/debate.htm   (1700 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Shostak takes a clean, scientific, and logical approach, maybe even to the point of destroying the myths that we have come to know and love through science fiction, and at the same time providing a wealth of new possibilities.
Seth Shostak: polymath; photogenic nice guy; and creative spark, has channeled his talents into a very different book.
Shostak knows these issues but perhaps feels its too early for the public to get a taste of the battle brewing.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0965377431   (1252 words)

 Sharing the Universe
Shostak gives clear and interesting explanations on the latest data we have about astrobiology in all its forms.
Shostak answers the people who think that The Government or various SETI programs have already found that ETI exist and are hiding evidence of these aliens from the public to avoid a cultural shock and panic.
Shostak relates the story of how one perceived detection incident with Project Phoenix in June of 1997 -- which turned out to be the signal from the SOHO solar satellite -- was unintentionally leaked to the press within twelve hours after the signal was first found.
www.coseti.org /klaessho.htm   (1308 words)

 CNN.com - Transcripts
Here in Los Angeles is Seth Shostak, he is senior astronomer for the SETI Institute.
SETH SHOSTAK, SETI INSTITUTE: Well, the SETI Institute is an organization -- a non-profit research organization designed to investigate the whole question of life beyond earth.
In Los Angeles, is Seth Shostak, senior astronomer for the SETI Institute.
transcripts.cnn.com /TRANSCRIPTS/0507/06/lkl.01.html   (6504 words)

 Pigdog Journal - Seth Shostak Interview part 1
Seth Shostak: "...something I probably shouldn't talk about, because the boss will get very upset about it.
But, I mean, you can talk in general about the fact that the public, of course, is often unable to distinguish among things like alien visitation, abduction, the idea that there might be, you know, monuments on Mars that have been left for our edification and things like that, and what we do.
Seth: You got her, I hope, because my eyes were closed in that shot.
www.pigdog.org /interviews/shostak/shostak_interview_1.html   (1105 words)

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Astronomer Seth Shostak of SETI, the guest for the middle two hours of the show, discussed the nature of our universe, the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and whether alien visitors to Earth would be friendly.
James Gardner, the author of Biocosm and Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, joined together for a discussion about the universe on Wednesday night.
Seth Shostak (seti.org), Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, appeared on Tuesday night's show speaking about the possibilities for life in our galaxy, as well as closer to home in our solar system.
www.coasttocoastam.com /guests/105.html   (510 words)

 Amazon.ca: Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The author, Seth Shostak, has no concept whatsoever of who his audience is and constantly talks down to us as though we're imbeciles.
Shostak does precisely the opposite, and his writing is on almost the same intellectual level as a tabloid article citing UFO abductions.
Shostak's mentality being the key spokesman for SETI, I can now understand why his organization is so widely considered to be on the fringe and merits so little respect.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0965377431   (2109 words)

 NEWS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Shostak noted that in the last 57 years there is still not one piece of incontrovertible evidence that would prove the extraterrestrial origins of UFOs and he asked Friedman to provide him with details of the single best UFO case.
Shostak countered that this type of evidence could have other explanations besides the ET hypothesis.
Shostak replied that when SETI does finally detect an alien signal, "there won't be a debate," about it as it will be scientifically verifiable by independent parties, in contrast to the anecdotal and witness testimony about UFOs.
www.terrygroff.com /dfwmufon/news   (363 words)

 AIAA SF July 2004 Dinner Meeting
Seth Shostak is a Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California.
For much of his career, Dr. Shostak conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies, and has published approximately fifty papers in professional journals.
Shostak has written several hundred popular magazine and web articles on various topics in astronomy, technology, film and television.
www.aiaa-sf.org /dmtg/04-07.html   (399 words)

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