September 05, 2015 at 8:09 am by Frank White
Within a couple of days of one another, two announcements helped to bring the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) into the mainstream media in a big way.
The first told us that a Russian billionaire, with the support of well known cosmologist Stephen Hawking, would be putting $100 million into the search, with a focus on scanning a million stars for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations. “Breakthrough Listen” represents a major step forward in funding for SETI.
The second told us that the search for exoplanets had found a “cousin” to the Earth, though not quite a twin.
I say that SETI went mainstream, because I heard these announcements discussed not only on National Public Radio but also on a sports radio talk show!
This is part of a trend of greater interest in news about space exploration, and although SETI is not always considered part of that endeavor, it really should be.
SETI is also related to the Overview Effect, because I use Overview theory in my book to predict creation of three different civilizations on the Earth and beyond, one of which is Galaxia. This civilization involves contact with ET, and the development of a galactic civilization. According to the theory, it also involves having an “overview” of our galaxy, comparable to the overview we have achieved with our home planet.