SETI and Spore
I recently started getting Seed magazine, and am consistently impressed with how good it is. My favorite part is the “Seed salon” where they take two really smart people from fields that might not typically interact, put them in a room together and get them talking. I just discovered that they post videos of the Seed Salon online! Take a look at this one, where Jill Tarter, a pioneer in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, talks with Will Wright, the game designer responsible for Sim City and Spore, about gaming and science, scientific revolutions, and highly advanced extraterrestrial life.