THE SEARCH FOR INTELLIGENT LIFE ON EARTH — S.I.L.E. (pronounced ‘silly’)
S.I.L.E. web site: http://searchforintelligentlife.org
Philosophers have long pondered the question, “Is there intelligent life on earth?” S.I.L.E. is a joint effort of the US government and the nation’s leading scientists to find uncontrovertible evidence that intelligent life does indeed exist right here on man’s home planet.
The S.I.L.E. project:
The beauty of the S.I.L.E. project is that it doesn’t cost anything … hardly anything, anyway. The project piggy-backs on existing research programs such as S.E.T.I. (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.) S.I.L.E. actually utilizes the same equipment used to scan the galaxy for signs of intelligent life.
During the off-hours, the giant radio-telescope array at Green Bank, West Virginia will be turned away from the sky, where it isn’t likely to turn up anything interesting, anyway, as all intelligent species have agreed to maintain ‘radio silence’ in the vicinity of earth, lest the earthlings figure out that they are not alone in the universe and embark on a crusade to explore outer space (a frightening prospect, a worry shared by all the intelligent life forms in the universe.) Instead, the radio-telescopes will be aimed at major American cities. Specially developed software will filter out the ‘noise’ — television and AM talk-radio broadcasts — in hopes of discovering some sign of intelligence coming over the airwaves. The best scientific minds in the nation estimate that it is not unrealistic to think that signs of intelligence will be discovered within the next century, or two at most.