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The decoding problem: do we need to search for extra terrestrial intelligence in order to search for extraterrestrial intelligence?
Author(s): Neil W. Tennant
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Paper Abstract

There is a widespread and perhaps uncritically accepted assumption on the part of SETI researchers and popularizers that we could tell what an ETI might be trying to tell us. We raise difficulties for this assumption. If the assumption is abandoned, a lot follows. We might even be able to argue, in a novel way, that SETI will be utterly futile.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1867, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum, (6 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.150127
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Neil W. Tennant, Ohio State Univ. (United States)

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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