Instructor Andrew Fraknoi: In Search of ET

Monday, February 25, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Those who adhere to this dark theory imagine humanity as a childlike form of life lost in an Amazonian jungle crawling with skulking predators, said Andrew Fraknoi, a SETI Institute board member.

“We wonder whether the galaxy that we are in is maybe a dark forest, where it is dangerous to scream because there are creatures out there unhappy with new life forms,” said Fraknoi, an astronomer who recently taught a course called Aliens in Science and Science Fiction at the University of San Francisco. “With every strong signal we send out, we advertise our presence, and you don’t want to advertise your presence in a dark forest.”

Fraknoi teaches a class at San Francisco State University’s Downtown Campus.