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"How Do You Talk To An Alien?"

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:54:04 +0100
Archived: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:45:12 -0400
Subject: "How Do You Talk To An Alien?"


"How Do You Talk To An Alien"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036v89y

was on BBC radio 4 today (that URL should carry a 'listen again'
link soon, lasting for a week or so maybe, and perhaps with a
little hunting around you might be able to download the MP3
file).

There were contributions from N. American and European
scientists arguing both ways - one guy disclosed that a survey
of the public's `message to an alien' was generally welcoming
BUT almost always contained the word "BUT" - i.e. "... but
others might be antagonistic/aggressive".

The old-hat "Hitler's speeches are still radiating outwards" was
re-hashed (IIRC it's at 73 light-years now); as was the
difficulty (virtual impossibility) of finding a Rosetta Stone
(or Babelfish) to convey meaning to an alien (interestingly: if
a race communicated only by metaphor you could not find any
meaning in their words even if you know their dictionaries,
grammar and syntax: because you don't know their metaphors).

What I found interesting, as an observer of the BBC, was that
the final part of the program (and hence the message the BBC
wants you to take away) was much darker - Hawking's warning
etc., plus tales of predatory carnivorous raiders just waiting
for any peep out of a fledgling civilization.


Cheers

Ray D



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