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In a recent book review, a prominent skeptic contends that scientists involved in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) deify the intelligent beings they pursue. As noted, SETI continues to be a scientific discipline with no data. The reviewer and book note that most SETI pioneers had a religious background and were motivated by distinctly religious reasons. However, few scientists would question the scientific legitimacy of SETI. In contrast, despite an abundance of data supporting RTB’s creation model, many scientists still regard any model that invokes supernatural input with severe skepticism. However, the data in support of RTB’s model continues to grow, as does its acceptance within the scientific community.
- Michael Shermer, “Astrobiology: Deities for Atheists,” Science 311 (2006): 1244.
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