That’s the title of an interesting and appropriately cautionary essay by George Dvorsky. He also wrote a piece entitled “14 Intriguing Ways We Could Detect Signs Of An Alien Civilization.”

Here’s another article on how scientists could also draw the wrong conclusion: “Search for extraterrestrial life more difficult than thought.”

Remember these the next time the lamestream media breathlessly announces some discovery in a story whose title misleads you into thinking ET life is “obvious”.