From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:23:35 +0100 Archived: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:04:07 -0400 Subject: That 'How Do You Talk To An Alien?' Program Tonight listened more carefully to that 'How Do You Talk To An Alien?' program: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036v89y First on was a SETI guy then two linguist profs from a UK uni. It re-considered Carl Sagan's "message to the stars", and US chap said it was actually a "Message to Earth" which I thought was quite perceptive. That world-survey for a "message to ET" did produce a clear winner across all age-groups, classes, sexes - it was "Please Help". BUT most messages contained the word "BUT" - because it seems nobody trusts everybody else to be peaceful. A journalist said the planned "Don't reply until after a conference - if at all" just won't work. Firstly because some publicity-seeking scientist will rush to the cameras and mikes to make his fortune; and second because people are already sending messages (on a paid-for basis using some hard-up country's radio-telescope) and there'll be a mad stampede to send much more of the same. And a UK chap warned "It could be the worst discovery we've ever made". The program ended with an emotional bit of classical music from Sagan's message. Well, I thought it was sad and emotional - who knows what an alien would think it meant? 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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