I’ve recently got into a podcast called “Are We Alone?”, which is put out by the SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence) institute.
They talk about everything, history, the future, archaeology, evolution, genetics, anthropology, psychology, science fiction, aliens, the paranormal, animals, love, sex, technology, language… I could really go on and on, just check out the archives.
Each topic is covered by interviews with experts including some pretty amazing scientists of all different kinds, and the pitch of the show is just right, with seriously profound content and a light-hearted easy to digest shell. I love it to bits.
This has also prompted me to become a member of the SETI institute. I now proudly own a membership card, and I’m waiting for the glossy photograph of the staff of the podcast (it’s bizzare, every show they play up how awful it is, and suggest various ways to mutilate it or dispose of it, and every show I want to see it more and get more excited about finding it in the post XD).
As a kid, I used to be fascinated by Aliens, UFOs, government conspiracies and the like. Now I’m older, and the curtain of mystery is lifted to reveal not all that much on the home-front, discovering the serious and scientifically grounded search for ET is an exciting evolution of those old passions! It’s a stunning thought that we may actually receive a signal from another civilisation. I hope that if it happens it does so whilst I’m alive.