Radio Sputnik: Is this a new thought that there are both primitive and intelligent lifeforms out there?
Abraham Loeb: Well, a lot of people discuss it, and people often have prejudices about this issue. They either say that [intelligent life is] very likely to be out there or it’s very unlikely to be out there; people like to have opinions. My view, based on the history of science, is that it’s best not to have a prejudice; not to assume that you know the answer but just look at the sky and look for data, and explore without the prejudice, because that allows you to discover things that you haven’t expected. And so my premise is that we should use the best telescopes, we should develop the best tools we have to search for life. And one way of doing it is by looking remotely from Earth at the sky, and that’s what most traditional astronomers would advocate.
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