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OCA General Meeting
Friday March 9th 2018, 7:30 PM
Chapman University
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The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and Why It Will Fail

For 40 or so years we humans have been searching for electromagnetic -- primarily radio -- signals from technological species in our Milky Way Galaxy. Following a brief review of some of these searches, I will describe reasons why I believe they will not be successful any time soon, if at all.


Ben Zuckerman

Ben Zuckerman is a Professor in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and Harvard. His major scientific interests have been the birth and death of stars and planetary systems. He has maintained a continuing interest in the question of the prevalence of life, especially intelligent life, in the Universe and since the mid-1970s regularly taught a course on "Life in the Universe". He also developed and taught a UCLA Honors course entitled "The 21st Century: Society, Environment, Ethics". He has co-edited six books including, "Extraterrestrials, Where Are They?" Cambridge University Press 1995, "The Origin and Evolution of the Universe" Jones & Bartlett 1996, and "Human Population and the Environmental Crisis" Jones & Bartlett 1995.


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