Exploring Extraterrestrial Artifacts on the Wow! Signal Podcast

12 08 2013

A quick note today urging a listen to the latest episode of Paul Carr’s Wow! Signal Podcast, “The Serendipity Schema,” where like a bad penny I turn up once again.

This time, Paul digs into my 2010 paper on xenoarchaeology, giving me an opportunity to explain its interdisciplinary rationale, the conceptual hot water into which it delivered me, and why I believe a dialogue is necessary on how to credibly evaluate non-terrestrial artifacts – both as a transparent social service as well as a new lens through which we might discover a great deal more about our own activities in space and what they say about us.

Admittedly, I also learned quite a bit from the episode’s second interviewee, Dr. Paul H. Shuch, and the web-based “Invitation to Extraterrestrial Intelligence” project, or IETI.  Overtly far-fetched but claiming a privileged low-cost, high-impact position, the IETI experiment recalls several of the more recent, public-engagement Active SETI experiments that I discussed at length in a recent blog post.  (Perhaps the idea isn’t as new as I’d at first presumed.)

So, for those interested in kicking back and exploring the intriguing and scientifically-contentious landscape surrounding the future possibility of discovering artifacts from another world, have a listen.

As always, the segment was exceedingly well-produced, and it was my distinct pleasure to participate.

Congrats on Season 1, Paul!  Here’s to many more!


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