(OT) Re: How do you say 'Hello' to an alien?
|From:||Arnt Richard Johansen <arj@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 2, 2003, 13:54|
On Fri, 1 Aug 2003, JS Bangs wrote:
> But Nikhil asked a more interesting question--is it possible to
> communicate without language? I think the answer is no.
Brian McConnell, who wrote _Beyond Contact: A Guide to SETI and
Communicating with Alien Civilizations_, thinks that the answer is yes.
This book mainly describes a communication scheme based on numbers, with a
multilayered approach similar to that in Carl Sagan's _Contact_.
It makes many ill-founded assumptions on the aliens' culture and
technology (ie. that all civilizations with radio telescopes must also
have digital computers), but overall, it's quite plausible, and a good
Arnt Richard Johansen http://arj.nvg.org/
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