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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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