But you haven't. So far, the only thing anyone has said (short of loud, vague proclamations) is that it has benefits and advantages. Nowhere has anyone actually said what they are. Case in point. Without actually saying what they are, you still say "Therein lie its advantages." And again, we equate SETI with its neighboring sciences. Let me remind you that SETI does not do anything but listen for signals. It doesn't explore, it doesn't learn anything new, it simply listens. Much like the misleading article linked to earlier in the thread in which SETI was mentioned as being part of the astrobiology field, and then the benefits of astrobiological research were listed as though they were benefits of SETI in spite of SETI having no impact on that field whatsoever, you're attempting to lump this program in with other disciplines that actually do something. It's a sign of weakness that you can't be forthright and simply say something like, "It's the scientific version of playing the lottery."