The Great Game – looking for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Forty eight years of searches for radio emissions from advanced civilisations have found nothing.

The searches are getting much more powerful and it also seems more and more likely that there are other Earths like our own. But the Fermi Paradox and the Anthropic Principle may point to us being alone. We still have no way of telling if there is any realistic chance of success.

Should the search be called off, or should it be intensified? I will argue that conditions are now right for Britain to join in.

If you missed this great opportunity to hear about the search for alien life from Dr Alan Penny (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews), you can watch it on our YouTube channel or view the first clip below.