Letters, Jan. 3, 1972

When the Ant Speaks

Sir / In your story "Is There Life on Mars —or Beyond?" [Dec. 13], your writer commented that possibly the civilization that received our message would not bother to reply, and you quoted Astronomer Carl Sagan as saying that they might find men as inferior as men find ants.

I would be willing to bet .that anyone, including Mr. Sagan, would talk back if an ant looked up from the sidewalk and said something to him.



Sir / There is nothing in exobiology or any other real science that...

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