The short answer to your question is 'certainly'-
The search has been in progress since before people figured out how to build a fire.
The electric box on my desk is only a recent developement- Refined? yes. Effective? possible. Successful? not yet.
There are people as I tap this keyboard who are standing on hillsides in Ecuador watching the full moon and searching for ET.
In Siberia, where this time of year no night sky exists, people are looking for ET into the wilderness.
Twenty miles off an African coast, a shrimpboat's helmsman scans the horizon while the crew sleeps- looking.
In New York City- where it's 2AM , comotion and intensity in a sumptuous clot of humanity comingle while the search is underway underground in the subway system and up in Harlem and down in Chelsea- and way down at Ground Zero.
Millions of others across this world who dont know a computer from a toaster oven are looking for ET.
There are as many methods as there are searchers. In addition to the computer resources availiable, my personal ET search includes a crimson flamboyan in high summer bloom, an old wooden bench, a palm fringed beach, and a soprano saxophone- a fat moon helps.
The search for ET is every inhabited world's oldest and only universal religion- practiced everywhere by most everyone.
From cradle to grave, we need the human consciousness to prevail. It's all that keeps us alive and kicking.
We look for ET because we know that in the long haul, humanity has no other choice. As we die, so will the Earth's ability to sustain us.
The day will certainly come, because we have all learned that nothing lasts forever, when it will be time to move outward.
Warm up that coffee mama cause I'm comin' upstairs.
The race of man will expand into the universe, or it will perish- because this planet will support humanity for a fixed number of days and not one day longer. This world's future might one day be sealed by appearance of an errant rock, purely by serendipity. Who knows?
So we are going to be leaving here and we are looking for ET to reassure us that there is a place besides Earth where there are others. And as we come to find there exists others, we will know there exists a million elsewheres where we might spread the human consciousness, where we must expand, where we will someday go.
Because we already know that should everybody stay here- then all that is humanity must certainly die here.
And nobody wants that...cc