Northern California Science Writers Association

SETI: If We're Not Alone, How Will We Find Out?

  • Monday, July 11, 2011
  • Helmand Palace, San Francisco
SETI: If We're Not Alone, How Will We Find Out?
Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute

New approaches in the 50-year-old Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) suggest that, despite the continued dearth of signals from other societies, there is good reason to expect that success might not be far off -- that we might find evidence of simple beings or sophisticated civilizations within a few decades. How might we do this, what would contact tell us, and what would discovering others mean to us and to our descendants?

Please join us to hear Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, provide the latest news from those who seek other voices in the cosmos. Shostak, author of "Confessions of an Alien Hunter" (National Geographic) and three other books, hosts the SETI Institute's popular weekly science radio show, newly rechristened "Big Picture Science." During his talk, Shostak will play excerpts from the show -- including the excruciatingly witty array of puns and skits employed by Shostak and his co-host, Molly Bentley. He'll tell us how the show is put together and how can one best make a "niche" interest -- contemporary scientific research -- interesting to Mr. and Mrs. Front Porch.

Monday, July 11

WHERE: Helmand Palace
2424 Van Ness Ave. (b/t Green & Union Streets)
San Francisco, CA
( See Yahoo MAP )

6:00 pm-7:30 pm: No-host happy hour
7:30 pm-8:45 pm: Dinner
8:45 pm-10:00pm: Speaker

The cost is $32 members/$22 students/$38 non-members.

To reserve your spot, please select your entrée choice and pay online at:

Dinner includes appetizers: aushak (leek- & scallion-filled ravioli), banjan (spicy eggplant) and kaddo (pumpkin topped with ground beef sauce). Dessert (rice pudding, cream pudding or baklava) and non-alcoholic drinks (soda, coffee, tea) are also included.

Dinner Entree Choices
(You will have the opportunity to choose an entree when you sign up)

  • Seek Kabab: charbroiled leg of lamb marinated in puree of onion, sun-dried baby grapes and garlic, served with sauteed eggplant and pallow rice

  • Lawand: leg of lamb sauteed with onion, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, fresh cilantro, capers, hot peppers, yogurt, served with challow rice and spinach (hot)

  • Kofta Kabab: ground beef mixed with green onion, fresh cilantro, garlic and hot pepper then grilled, served with sauteed eggplant and challow rice (hot)

  • Mourgh Challow: chicken breast sauteed with spices and yellow split peas, then sauteed with yogurt, cilantro and curry, served with challow rice.

  • Vegetarian special: a platter of baked pumpkin, pan-fried eggplant with garlic yogurt sauce, sauteed spinach and okra sauteed in fresh tomatoes, served with pallow rice

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