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Beyond the Cradle as the pleasure of counting with the collaboration of someone who’s career has been has diversified as recognized. That someone is Dr. Alexander Zaitzev, Chief Scientist of the Radio Engineering and Electronics Institute, Russian Academy of Science, who was kind enough to share his time and vision with BtC readers.

To know more about Dr. Zaitzev’s work please visit the Collaborators page, in the meanwhile stay with the words he adressed to the readers.

*Welcome aboard Dr. Zaitzev!

 

My Vision of SETI and METI Missions

In a distant, primeval, medieval past, Mankind lived with both their feet on a flat Earth,
considered, dogmatically, to be the center of the Universe, and we, people of the world, at the mercy of gods, were alone in the vastness of space and time.

Time made us earn the knowing that Earth is not the center of the Universe, neither our Sun, not even our galaxy…

It is my hope that, in a future where SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) has been successful in his quest, people from the land may, still with both their feet on solid ground but their hearts and minds spread in the distance, live with the certainty that we are not alone in the Universe.

We, people of the present, live in an intermediate, ambiguous state, if one of our feet is already stepping into the future, beyond the abyss of the dark times where the position of the Earth among the celestial tapestry was not questioned and the existence of other worlds beyond the solar system were considered an heresy, we have still one foot behind in the past, because we have not yet been privileged with an answer that will permit us to be released from the burden of seing us as the center of life in the Universe, which will permit us, to get both our feet in the position that will make us, undoubtfuly, evolve as a species.

That is SETI’s mission, to detect the answer, to detect exo-civilizations, this will permit us to give the definitive step onward. And Active SETI’s goal, or METI (Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) consists in overcoming the Great Silence in the Universe by bringing to ETIs the long awaited news: “You Are Not Alone!”. With METI we try to help THEM to be on the same position as us, ready to give one more step.

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