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That 'How Do You Talk To An Alien?' Program

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



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