Letter: Futile search for ET

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Much time, expense and brainpower is expended in seeking to "communicate with aliens" by persons of great learning and considerable intellect.

Signals from outer space (if that is what they are) will have taken so long to reach us that the sources will have disappeared long before we receive them, and will have been generated before we came into existence.

Likewise, any replies we sent would at best be returned marked "gone away".

There is no conceivable way in which any of this nonsense could enhance the quality of life on Earth for the mass of us.

The thought that, having fouled our own nest here on Earth, we have anything to offer life elsewhere makes me despair.


Saffron Walden,