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1 Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Scientific Questions and Goals Group 2: Christine Cho, Han Lin Rong, Jessica Williams

2 ? Who is out there? ? What are they like and what are their fundamental values and priorities? ? What do they know about us? ? What sorts of detectable communications might they be using? Scientific Questions

3 ? What role will they play in our long-term future? ? How can we benefit from this interaction in terms of solving some of our present issues such as cancer and global warming? ? What sort of information would be garnered by SEL scientists? Scientific Questions Continued

4  Discover the Nature of Life throughout the Universe.  Help Develop Scientific Theory.  Provide Solutions to Earth’s Future Problems.  Get Philosophical Answers. Scientific Goals

5 Discovering the Nature of Life  Understand the requirements for life to exist.  Distinguish between what biological components are inherent to all life vs. what we have developed due to the Earth’s environment.  Study the extraterrestrials biochemistry, sensory organs, and physiology.

6 Help Develop Scientific Theory  Help determine if universe expansion is slowing or it will recycle itself.  Develop potential technologies to travel faster than light.  Synthesize new protein enzymes with desirable characteristics.  Better estimate Drake Equation coefficients.  Better understand the nature of climate on terrestrial planets.

7 Solving Earth’s Future Problems  Existing life forms may provide cues to longevity.  Discover alternative places to live.  Solve ecological and pollution problems.  Provide insights into unknown possibilities.

8 Getting Philosophical Answers  Are we alone?  Accepting the existence of extraterrestrial life.  Finding new art forms that would enrich life.

9  Tough, A. "Positive Consequences of SETI before Detection." Acta Astronautica (1998): Print.  Shapiro, Robert, and Dirk Schulze-Makuch. "The Search for Alien Life in Our Solar System: Strategies and Priorities." Astrobiology 9.4 (2009): Print.  Harp, G. R., and G. S. Shostak. "Beings on Earth: Is That All There Is?" Proceedings of the IEEE 100 (2013): Print.  Cleland, Carol E. "Life without Definitions." Synthese (2012): Print. References


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