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Expanding The Narrow-Minded Search For Life
By Ted Twietmeyer

SETI searches for signs of life in the microwave spectrum. This is pure madness and here is the proof: NASA Voyager spacecraft have only recently left our solar system. These vehicles, which are still transmitting a very weak signal thanks to thermoelectric power generation, are still many light years from the nearest star system. To receive these spacecraft signals requires the largest tracking dishes on the planet at Canberra, Australia (230ft.) NASA knows exactly what frequencies Voyager transmits on, the digital code to make it transmit data and exactly how to decode the data. Canberra also uses high gain, cooled microwave amplifiers.

SETI has none of this hardware or information on how to handle the signals they attempt to detect. They use small dishes about the size of early backyard dishes, un-cooled amplifiers and hopping around a limited number microwave frequencies at hundreds of frequencies/second. This is basically a shot-gun approach to looking for intelligent life. What chance does this approach have to detect, decode and decipher a real alien signal. SETI has proclaimed that any intelligent life will transmit a signal we can pick up. Why would a alien race do that, and will we know what to do with it once we have it?

Here is another big flaw: SETI almost certainly cannot pick up a Voyager signal in our neighborhood , decode it and display it. Even if they were given the frequency and software to do it by NASA. So how can SETI remotely hope to detect a signal coming from another star system? Perhaps the real purpose behind SETI is to perpetually get grants and collect money from donors to create jobs, but not real science. Now that enough years have now passed, perhaps their internal philosophy has taken on a life of its own.

But the search to find planets that can sustain life is moving forward by optical astronomers. By measuring the spectrum of stellar light as it passes by a planet, it is possible to get an idea of the planet's size, orbit and atmosphere. Searches tend to limit viable planets discovered to those which have a oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere and water. There seems to exist a unspoken guideline that intelligent life must be something like human beings, or mammals.

Why are scientists attempting to apply our limited ideas of life to the universe? Surely this is a big mistake. Every scientist alive 100 years ago would laugh at the idea of black holes in space, especially if told about the huge black hole found at the center of our galaxy. Today collapsed stars are accepted as common knowledge, based on the discovery that these stars can distort light, space and probably time.

To find life we must widen our search parameters. We know there are copper-based lifeforms on Earth with Hemocyanin blood. These are known as Mollusks (some 85,000 species exist) and Arthropods. [1]

A crab is one example of a Earth life-form containing copper-based blood. Purple color is the Hemocyanin blood. Lobsters and Squid are also in this family.

Arthropods include some of the most diverse species in the world such as insects, spiders, crustaceans, etc... These species also have Hemocyanin blood and have a exoskeleton. These species are perhaps the most radiation-resistant lifeforms on Earth. Cockroaches can survive in radiation levels several million times higher than radiation levels which kill a human being in seconds.

Is there a hard rule that upright, walking and dexterous beings like us must have red blood? Perhaps one such life-form might be a praying mantis as tall as a man. Many alien abductees have seen these in charge over other alien life-forms.

We know that down in the deepest part of our oceans bizarre lifeforms exist and thrive. Pressures of more than 2,000 psi crush a foam coffee cup into the size of a thimble, as demonstrated by one oceanographer using a weight and a long cable. Temperatures of about 400F emitted by volcanic vents can fry any life-form. But we have seen and brought these life-forms back to the surface. These are strange lifeforms and plants which survive and thrive in the narrow zone between sub-freezing seawater and super-heated vent gases.

Somewhere in the universe are Moons or planets with these very conditions. They too, must have lifeforms in their deep oceans but we may never detect it from Earth - until a submersible robot is deployed by a spacecraft to visits another planet or Moon. I intentionally use the plural term for celestial bodies. If lifeforms exist on one such planet (Earth) or another moon, logically there must exist similar life on other countless planets and moons.

Arsenic is toxic to humans, but in 2010 NASA revealed the existence of arsenic-based cell life. [2] What is fatal to one life-form may be the basis of life to another.

We must consider diverse lifeforms on Earth logically exist elsewhere in many places. Science must widen its search for life and not dismiss a planet which may not have lifeforms like those on Earth. Science should not be obsessed with thinking a abundance of water is required to support life.

Bacteria exist on Earth which survive in some of the driest and most hostile places. These life-forms should be our examples of what to look for.

Ted Twietmeyer



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