By Steven J. Dick, Trustee, METI International
One of the primary purposes of METI International is Active SETI, “in which powerful, intentional information-rich signals are transmitted to possible extraterrestrial civilizations." This goal is surprisingly controversial, indicating just how seriously many scientists and others take the possibility of advanced alien life. Indeed, earlier this year a group of scientists signed a statement originating at Berkeley urging caution in any Active SETI project. Although I am in agreement with much of the Berkeley statement, the devil is in the details.