The Single Photon Philosophical Telescope Institute
for the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Mission: To explore and promote the idea that the earth and its inhabitants are constantly in contact with radiation from extraterrestial intelligently inhabited planets. To explore the possible implications of such contact.

Announcement! Two new Institute Lecturers have been qualified for 2000:

Activities: Internet publishing and discourse, public lectures and demonstrations.


  1. Institute Research Fellow
  2. Institute Lecturer

Candidate Research Projects
(most rely only on basic college electromagnetic physics and spherical geometry):

  1. Estimate of photon flux from all galaxies, as a function of siderial time and earth latitude
  2. Estimate of stellar and supernovae neutrino flux from M31 (or notable sets of galaxies) which has passed through an intelligently inhabited planet (or being) on the way to the earth, expressed as a count of neutrinos in each cubic centimeter at the earth.
  3. Criticism of the any Institute paper with recommended quantitative corrections.
  4. Improved estimates of percentages of photon flux at the earth from planets in the Milky way or other galaxies. (alternate estimates to the Sagan estimate - one billionth of the light from a star would come from one of its planets) - considering statistical positioning of planets, albedo, etc.
  5. Calculation of Photon flux and telescope time for the Magellanic Clouds for our friends in the southern hemisphere.
  6. The potential for communication of information via photon contact, by application of information theory (signal bandwidth, signal to noise, etc.)
  7. Assessment of the potential wavelengths of extra-solar radiation for suitability for photon contact.
  8. Synthesis of results of multiple research projects with new conclusions.

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