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Re: Jim Penniston's Binary Code And Symbols

From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:33:47 -0500
Archived: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:35:26 -0500
Subject: Re: Jim Penniston's Binary Code And Symbols

>From: Jason Gammon <boyinthemachine.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2013 01:09:42 -0500 (EST)
>Subject: Jim Penniston's Binary Code And Symbols

>Am I the only one who is skeptical of the interpretation given
>for the binary code Penniston allegedly received from the UFO?

>I am quite skeptical of it. I interpret the event a little
>different from most would I suppose. For me, it appears that an
>intelligent machine attempted to make contact with Penniston. I
>say machine as the size of the UFO may exclude the potential for
>a crew. As I view the experience, I sense a machine intelligence
>attempting to communicate with Penniston and choosing a binary
>code with the hope that Penniston would be able to comprehend
>it. I think the communication failed. Since this was done
>telepathically I could only speculate that the machine lacked
>the ability to either transmit speech or direct thought as most
>occupants are reported to be able to do.

>I am also quite skeptical of the interpretation given for the
>symbols that were etched onto the fabric of the craft. I think
>humans have this weird tendency to think too hard and too
>imaginatively about things like this. When I look at the symbols
>I see designations of the craft, perhaps it's model and maker
>and even time stamp. I do not sense any message to humanity in
>these symbols. I would venture they have no meaning other than
>to that which services them.

>I do not blame Penniston in the least. I think he did the best
>he could under the circumstances. I'm sure the process must be
>very hard for a machine intelligence to 'dumb itself down'
>enough to communicate effectively with a human being.

The interpretation of the binary code supported by Penniston has
always been problematic. Here on this list as well as other
places, I described the slap-happy way they decoded it in order
to get something meaningful.


I found that Penniston's data from 1980 is better decoded as an
image using a decoding algorithm encoded in a crop formation in
2010. The result is a cartoon figure that looks a little like
Snoopy. I treated the data from beginning to end as 8-bit pixel
values; i.e., I did not arbitrarily switch between 7 and 8 bit
ascii and insert missing characters as Penniston's "expert" did.

The same decoding algorithm also found instantly recognizable
images in two crop formations that appeared 22 and 30 years
later. The whole story is told in the following article.


A source listing of the decoding algorithm and the raw image data
are included in this file.


In my opinion, the following rationale best explains the
presence of the images in the three data sets.

"Six meaningful images were decoded from the three sets of data
using the same decoding algorithm. Because the decoding
algorithm was specified in the latest data set, all of the data
sets must have been designed by the same agency. Further, we
were not meant to see the images until 2010 when the decoding
algorithm was provided. Three of the images offer greetings, and
the remaining three depict harmless animals and a child. The
implied message seems to be that we should not fear the authors
of the images when we eventually meet. Since this message would
be trivial if the source were a human agency, we may infer that
the authors are probably not human."

It is also possible that the project was an operation jointly
carried out by a human agency and a non-human agency. The images
may have been a way to test a method of communication between
them. Either agency might have been the intended recipient. If
that is true, the images may never have been meant for public

It is, of course, possible that the entire project spanning 30
years was carried out by a human agency alone, but I can't think
of a motive when there is no non-human involvement.

In any case, by not focusing strictly on Penniston's binary
data, we can see a bigger picture.


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