Last Saturday’s (April 28) New York Times had a column ($here$) by Robert Wright that spurred me to rethink the old question Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? Having worked on this blog I no longer accept this form of science fiction’s central question. Apes can reason when put to the test, but that has not proven enough for them to do anything likely to catch the eye of a visitor arriving on a UFO. Ask instead, Is there articulate life elsewhere in the universe? Computer programming conundrums have shown us that speaking aptly is a much more remarkable skill than putting 2 and 2 together.