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Most communities on DW seem to be inactive. As for my two communities, I'm going to attempt to keep things active and stimulate discussion with themed discussion entries at least once a week. If you have thoughts on the topic or questions I'm posting, feel free to join in the discussion or ask questions.

This week, we should talk about SETI, the organization for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

Carl Sagan openly supported the pursuit of intelligent life in the universe. Do you think that SETI is worthwhile? Why or why not?

Perhaps the answer to that question can be understood from asking yourself these questions:

(1) Do you think there is other life in the universe? (2) Do you think there is intelligent life out there? (3) If intelligent life is out there, do you think it would be advanced enough for us to contact it? (4) Do you think there is life out there more advanced than us? (5) What kinds of other difficulties do you think would make contact with other intelligent life difficult? (6) Do you think we're close or far from detecting life (intelligent or non)? (7) Do you think that the benefits of contacting intelligent life make the cost of SETI worth it? (8) Do you think humans have already contacted intelligent life? (9) Do you think your government is involved in technology exchange with intelligent extra-terrestrials?

And lastly, do you process data for SETI on your computer using SETI@home?


Jul. 30th, 2009 08:34 am
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[personal profile] nebulosity
Welcome to the Carl Sagan community on Dreamwidth.

Let me introduce myself. I'm [personal profile] nebulosity, and I'm currently the only moderator. There are only two rules for the community right now, and that is that posts must be either related to Carl Sagan or issues he talked or wrote about, and that discussion about those issues must be respectful.

I promoted our community on [site community profile] dw_community_promo today, hoping that we could gather some new members.

+ If you would like to join or subscribe, an introduction/personal story entry is highly encouraged. Tell us about yourself and how you came to know Carl Sagan, as well as how his work has impacted your life.

To get things started, here is a list of topics that I'd love to see posted here in the community:

+ Thoughts on Carl Sagan's books, interviews, TV Series Cosmos, or his life.

+ Thoughts on issues that Carl Sagan was passionate about: SETI, extraterrestrials, life on other planets, evolution, religion/history/philosphy and its impact on the pursuit of science, physics, science education outreach in the community (volunteer work, charity), science theory, etc.

+ Photographs, icons, scans, links, articles, videos and audio are welcome.

+ Promotions for Carl Sagan websites

+ And lots more!

Cuts for content are highly recommended if:

+ You're posting large images, more than one small image or more than one video

+ Your entry contains a large amount of text.

Other recommendations:

+ Please use tags! There currently are no tags, so use your imagination. Tag suggestions include: personal story, biography, pictures, icons, video, articles, religion, history, philosophy, physics, etc.

I'll be posting an introduction entry myself here soon. In the mean time, feel free to get started enjoying the community. Thank you, and welcome!


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