Hello George and thank you for a beautiful (aesthetic?) presentation. I concur, your argument is both sound and appealing, of course you will need to propose a foundational approach to a philosophy of aesthetic to fill the vacuum of possible intuitions in all possible worlds.

Well done.

Tastes and disgusts, intuitions and eventual aesthetic beliefs go much deeper than apparent.

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As much as I agree with your overall point, the investment in SETI has another dimension, namely the inspirational. Humans have always invested, time and energy, resources of mind and matter into the ‘unknown’ or ‘let us give the universe a chance to surprise us’ kind of projects. Looking to the stars is not only and not exclusively a scientific endeavor, but also in the words of the poets, a reason for hope. Skepticism is a healthy pursuit but so is hope for the unexpected. Yes, we grope in the dark, but such is the nature of the mind, that it speculates before it discovers. SETI is part of this speculation.

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