In case you were wondering, the search for ET continues. Yet, frustration with the lack of aliens popping up continues to mount. The BBC reports:
The question of whether or not we are alone in the galaxy is one that has fascinated everyone from mathematicians to conspiracy theorists.
But, if extra-terrestrial life forms are abundant in the Universe - as some people believe - why have they not been in contact?
The article quotes the father of the S.E.T.I. (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) project, Dr. Frank Drake, as saying this issue is as important as it gets. Really? I can think of a lot more important issues than whether Starman is really out there.
This begs the question, why is it so important to these scientists. As with understanding anything, you need to recognize the presuppositions of the vast majority of the scientists in question. They are non-theists...believing the universe is nothing but pure chance and accident.
Once you grasp that, it becomes pretty apparent why they're obsessed with finding Marvin the Martian. As Drake states:
"What does it mean to be a human being? What is our future? Are there other creatures like us? What have they become? What can evolution produce? How far can it go?
"It will all come out of learning of extra-terrestrials and this will certainly enrich our lives like nothing else could."
These evolutionary scientists are frantically looking for meaning. They need answers to the big questions of life (why are we here, what for, etc) that all human beings struggle with. They have decided that meaning and those answers cannot come from any divine origin and purpose, and so they look for it anywhere they can find it - even if that means little green guys with antennas.
And that also explains the sense of desperation they feel in not uncovering any evidence of such extra-terrestrial life. If they can't, that just adds yet another confirmation to the unique and special design of earth - something fitting quite nicely with a Creationist view of the world, but not so much with the evolutionary view.
Perhaps unaware of this reality, the BBC article even stated:
[t]he human race is either an accidental blip in the Universe or we are special and the conditions we evolved in were unique. The Rare Earth hypothesis argues that because of the intricate design and infrastructure of our planet, the amount of coincidences and circumstances that must occur together make life almost impossible.
Obviously, the BBC isn't going to acknowledge the consequences of this reality. But not finding ET is actually a pretty devastating failure for the evolutionists and their universe model. Far more devastating than finding ET would be for the Creationist.