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Evidence of an ET Machine?

A reflecting nebula in the constellation Orion NGC 1999 shows a black cloud near its center. SETI's chief scientist, Seth Shostak, thinks suggests these should be studied in the search for extraterrestrial life.

This is called a "Bok globule," named after late astronomer Bart Bok. It's a cold cloud of gas, molecules and cosmic dust, so dense it blocks all of the light behind it.

Astronomers believe that new stars may be forming inside Bok globules, through the contraction of the dust and molecular gas under their own gravity. In other words, it's a star-making machine. Or it may shelter one (or more) of them.

Bok globules are a prime search target for sentient (aware, thinking) ET machines. Bok globules produce multiple-star systems, and at around negative 441 degrees Fahrenheit, they are about 160 degrees F colder than most of interstellar space. Data centers generate a lot of heat, and keeping them cool is a major challenge for modern computing. Intelligent computers might seek out a low-temperature habitat.

The Daily Galaxy quotes Shostak as saying, "I think we could spend at least a few percent of our time looking in the directions that are maybe not the most attractive in terms of biological intelligence but maybe where sentient machines are hanging out."

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Is it just me? That picture, if you stare at it for a minute, seems to move-little pieces of light come out of's like three dimensional.

I have a very difficult time believing much of anything Seth Shostack has to say. Anyone that has the level of interest in finding extra-terrestrial life that Shostack claims he has would have taken a critical look at the mountain of evidence that points to extraterrestrial life being right here on our planet. Shostack is adamant when interviewed that "they" couldn't possibly be here due to the limitation of light speed.

If I didn't know better, I'd say that Shostack is a disinformation agent. Everything he says draws people away from what's happening right in front of their own eyes.

This story brings to mind a science fiction novel that I read way back when I was teenager. The novel was written by Fred Hoyle, a somewhat radical astronomer for his time and the title was 'The Black Cloud'. It was about, basically, a sentient intelligence headed towards the Solar System, and it was presented as a huge Black Cloud of gas.

I've read probably hundreds of works of science fiction, and this is one that I never forgot. Whitley, if you are monitoring this thread, do you remember this novel?

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