Steem Basic Income Giveaway (Anyone out there?…)

Thanks to those who joined my [Emoji](https://steemit.com/contest/@bengy/steembasicincomegiveawayemoji-ljv1lwvzh2), it was a nice lighthearted theme for the week!

This week, I was listening to a podcast… and it was a debate about the merits of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and the dangers or benefits of passively receiving alien signals against actively sending out messages to be noticed.

METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a side-shoot of the SETI project… led by a faction of scientists who believe that it isn’t just enough to be passively listening for signals from outer space to see if there is evidence of alien life… but instead to actively send laser or radio pulses and messages to nearby stars to try and catch the attention of potential extraterrestrial lifeforms.

Of course, this leads us to the question of whether or not this is a good idea or not! After all, the contact between advanced and primitive civilisations on Earth has generally resulted in pretty dire consequences for the less advanced civilisations. However, the is another argument that if a life has achieved space travel… then there is a degree of enlightenment that might lend a race to be more benevolent.

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My Question

1. Do you think there is life outside of Earth?

2. Do you think it is a good idea to be actively trying to contact aliens?

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My sample answer

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Short answer to the first question… YES! I figure the universe is vast enough in both time and space to have enough rolls of the dice to enable life to form independently in different places. However, the existence of extraterrestrial life doesn’t necessarily mean sentient and intelligent life… single cells or simple things are more likely. That said, the limits (currently theoretically known limits) on the speed of travel through the universe means that it is quite possible that we might have missed intelligent life by millions of years (blinks on the universal time scale)… or that we are just too far away….

… as for the second question… I lean towards the idea that it is a GOOD idea to be actively seeking to contact alien intelligence. Sure, the potential for disaster is pretty huge… but on the other hand, if there were intelligent life (that had already achieved space travel) that were trying to seek our eradication then it would have been trivial for them to find us already. They wouldn’t need the equivalent of a blinking torch to do it…

However, the potential benefits of coming into contact with a much more advanced society (well, technologically more advanced.. the two don’t always have to go hand in hand… ) would be a great eye opener for our own understanding of philosophy and sciences. To my mind, this would completely outweigh any downside… including extinction!

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Rules

1. Upvote is not required, but appreciated!
2. Resteem is NOT necessary!
3. In the comments, answer as best as you can the questions that are posed in the “My Questions”!
4. I have added a small Steem-Bounty to the post, so that everyone who replies with a valid entry will get something back. If I give your post a small upvote, it is valid (also, subscribe to @dustsweeper for maximum benefit!).
5. I will be sponsoring as many people as this post pays out in liquid SBD/STEEM. Also I will kick in at least the required amount to round up to the full number. Winner is by random generator after a shortlisting of quality comments!
6. PLEASE PLEASE Don’t upvote your OWN comment. I can’t stop you doing it, but it seems to mess up the distribution of the Bounty for everyone else. If you upvote your own comment, I will consider it an invalid entry when doing the draw.

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Steem Basic Income

One of the first communities that I came in contact with at the beginning of my time at Steemit was @steembasicincome. As a author starting out on your fresh new Steemit account, Steemit can be a daunting and lonely place to be. OFten, it can feel like you are posting into an abyss with no one listening and with no ability to grow out of the situation. A share of Steem Basic Income gives you a guaranteed vote on one post a day, thus giving you a small but over time cumulative support to your account to help grow you out of your initial wilderness!

With this post, I want to help sponsor people who might not even have the spare 1 STEEM that is required for registration. So, when this post pays out, I will sponsor people depending on the payout of this post. Basically, I will round up the SBD payout from this post and then that will be the number of people I will sponsor. (So, if the payout is 2.3 SBD, I will sponsor 3 people). OF course, this is not simply an altruistic move, as the sponsor of a Steem Basic Income share also gets a share, so it is a great way to help others whilst helping yourself!

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Last week’s winners

The [last post](https://steemit.com/contest/@bengy/steembasicincomegiveawayemoji-ljv1lwvzh2) paid out 0.621 SBD and 0 STEEM in liquid earnings. So, that would make 2 shares.

The winners by random draw are:

@gillianpearce

@vibesforlife


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