So, despite getting on TED, despite Kepler, despite the movie Contact, despite a decent proportion of people believing aliens exist, despite holding an excellent seminar series, it looks like SETI is going to have to pause their search. They've got a giant array set up and running, but they lack sufficient donations to keep the place running. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/04/26/alien-center-shutdown.html I think the best bet is to be agnostic on ET life, obviously. That said, it's a search that's worth making, because both silence and results are informative. The question of ET life is one that should decently alter our view of our place in the universe.