[Exi-bay-announce] Re: [wta-talk] Long Now Seminars on Long Term Thinking : JILL TARTER and SETI this Friday

Milan Cirkovic arioch at EUnet.yu
Thu Jul 8 10:45:20 UTC 2004

Interesting news, though I would strongly object to honoring Mrs. Tarter as
founder of SETI". She certainly is co-founder of the SETI Institute as an 
institution, but it is a world of difference between saying that and saying 
that she co-founded the entire field. The only man alive who can claim with 
some justiication to be co-founder of SETI as a field is Prof. Frenk Drake (the

others being Iosif Shklovskii and Carl Sagan). People seems to often miss the 
point that SETI is an idea and a scientific field of study, not a particular 
project or institution. As such, it has no boundaries, national, institutional 
or otherwise. Some of the best SETI studies today are performed far from the 
SETI Institute (say in Argentine or Japan or Russia).


Quoting Amara Graps <amara at amara.com>:

> Hi Folks,
> I received today, from the Long Now Foundation, a notice of a seminar
> taking place this Friday, July 9 at the Fort Mason Center. Enjoy...
> Amara
> ---
> Dear friends,
>   Jill Tarter, co-founder of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial 
> Intelligence) will give a free public lecture in San Francisco next 
> Friday. A thirty years project that requires a long term organization 
> and a long term funding. The seminar will be online on the 
> www.longnow.org website. I attached the original message by Steward 
> Brand.
> -d.
> ---
> "*The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: Necessarily a 
> Long-term Strategy*" is the title for* Jill Tarter*'s Seminar About 
> Long-term Thinking this Friday.  There's no deeper question than "Are 
> we alone in the universe?"  And there's no quick way to answer it. 
> Slow, steady science is the hardest to fund and organize, but Jill 
> Tarter has been working on the question for 30 years and the SETI 
> Institute (which she co-founded) for 20 years.  The work has had 
> incremental jumps in capacity, such as with the seti at home program 
> (the first major peer-to-peer application) and with the Allen 
> Telescope Array, coming on line later this year.
> *Friday, July 9, 7pm, Fort Mason Conference Center*, San Francisco. 
> Doors open for coffee and books at 7pm; lecture is promptly at 8pm. 
> You may want to come early to be sure of a seat.  Admission is* free* 
> (donation of $10 very welcome, not required).
> Jill Tarter holds the Bernard Oliver chair and directs the Center for 
> SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View.  Interested in 
> the subject since the mid-70s, Dr. Tarter first published on SETI in 
> 1977.  Recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Dr. Tarter has lately 
> expanded her activities to include helping educate the next 
> generation of scientists.  She was the model for the Ellie Alloway 
> character in Carl Sagan's 1985 novel "/Contact/" and the 1997 movie 
> starring Jodie Foster.
> This is one of a monthly series of Seminars About Long-term Thinking, 
> given every second Friday at Fort Mason, organized by The Long Now 
> Foundation.  Future speakers in the series include Phillip Longman, 
> Danny Hillis, Paul Hawken, Michael West, Ken Dychtwald, Laurie 
> Anderson, and Jared Diamond.  If you would like to be notified by 
> email of forthcoming talks, please contact Simone Davalos--- 
> simone at longnow.org, 415-561-6582.
> You are welcome to forward this note to anyone you think might be
> interested.
>                                 --Stewart Brand
> -- 
> Stewart Brand
> The Long Now Foundation - http://www.longnow.org
> Seminars: http://www.longnow.org/10klibrary/Seminars.htm
> -- 
> ***********************************************************************
> Amara Graps, PhD
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