Re: Our rocky solar system may be rare

J. R. Molloy (
Sun, 12 Sep 1999 11:28:40 -0700

Brian Manning Delaney wrote,

>> Okay, approximately how much weight do you
>> give the possibility of ETIs
>> within a thousand light years of Earth?
>That's "asking the wrong question" :).

Well, perhaps I've asked the wrong person. <stares into monitor, imagining a grin>

The question seems legitimate to me, because if we assume a one in a million chance or less (as you've done), then the chance of locating ETIs doesn't merit the effort (unless, of course, you manage to earn a living collecting donations from SETI fans). In its present state of confrontational fragmentation (sorry about that) the human race can't even locate an enlightened master on their own planet.

"Stay hungry.
Stay foolish."
--Whole Earth Catalog