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Why can't we see evidence of alien life? - Chris Anderson

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Stand by for an animated exploration of the famous Fermi Paradox. Given the vast number of planets in the universe, many much older than Earth, why haven't we yet seen obvious signs of alien life? The potential answers to this question are numerous and intriguing, alarming and hopeful.

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  • Educator Chris Anderson
  • Narrator Chris Anderson
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Recently, TED collaborated with SETI and other organizations to launch SETI Live, a citizen science initiative spearheaded by astronomer Jill Tarter. Read about the genesis of SETI Live at http://www.seti.org/node/967 and explore the site at http://www.setilive.org. How can the average person participate? What equipment and/or skills are needed? How are they promoting the opportunity?

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Meet The Creators

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  • Educator Chris Anderson
  • Narrator Chris Anderson