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Let there be light!
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke
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Paper Abstract

I'm very happy to send greetings to Stuart Kingsley, my old friend Barney Oliver, and all those attending the Conference on the Optical Search for ET. At the saiae time, I'd like to tell you about an uncomfortable analogy that has just popped into my mind. ... Imagine a group of serious thinkers on a remote Pacific island who've never had any contact with the rest of the human race. Their technology is Late Neolithic, but they are philosophically inclined, and they're debating the question is there anyone else out there over the horizon? Unfortunately they can't go and look: a barrier reef right round the island discourages boat-building...

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1867, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum, (6 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.150115
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Arthur C. Clarke, Kings College London(UK) and International Space Univ. and Univ. of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1867:
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum
Stuart A. Kingsley, Editor(s)

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