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Message 1639015 - Posted: 8 Feb 2015, 19:37:36 UTC

Exciting if we hear something.

ET, is that you? Scientists launch plan to beam welcome messages to far-off star systems - and their planets which could bear life


Scientists are making plans to beam messages from Earth out into the universe, effectively cold-calling the solar system to find signs of other life.

Astronomers will transmit signals from radio telescopes to hundreds of other star systems in the hope of making groundbreaking discoveries.

The plan, put together by scientists at the Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in California, has been trumpeted as a major step in humanity's exploration of space.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2944581/ET-Scientists-launch-plan-beam-welcome-messages-far-star-systems-planets-bear-life.html
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Message 1639115 - Posted: 8 Feb 2015, 23:49:37 UTC - in response to Message 1639015.  

I have new admiration for Stephen Hawking, since seeing the movie "The Theory of Everything".

From the article:

Stephen Hawking warned inviting aliens to the planet could be dangerous

The fact is we really have no idea what lurks out in space. His statement could be true or not. If they ever did show up and were dangerous, might be a bit mind boggling.

As mind boggling as it sounds, they could be friendly, and we would be the dangerous ones.
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Message 1639181 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 2:46:02 UTC

The paramount obstacle to any contacts, would involve accommodating to
foreign micro-organisms. By the time any contact is made, hopefully, we will
have become much more advanced in the fields of parasitology, medicine, and
other relevant fields.
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Message 1639336 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 14:48:13 UTC

If most human don't like "cold calls", why do you think aliens will be different? :/

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Message 1639360 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 16:09:17 UTC

I'm not so sure we should be intentionally announcing our presence to the galaxy.
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Message 1639368 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 16:30:36 UTC

Oh no, do NOT beam any messages to far-off systems, with any directional beams, and/or with high signal strength.

If those receiving the message are anything like the human race, (and they might very well be), the word CONQUER, is the first word that will come into their minds.

Know the aliens, by knowing the human race....
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Message 1639372 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 16:36:19 UTC
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I fully agree with Sten and Bob. I said much the same in This has probably been asked a thousand times..., and was met with much opposition from PwNz0R that he could not possibly conceive an alien race as traveling across the cosmos just to kill us. Quite worrisome, his position. :-/
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Message 1639382 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 17:07:01 UTC
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If there is an alien species out there who runs contrary to the "default position of the egghead set"* and is both technologically sophisticated enough that we have no chance of defeating them, and are still merciless usurpers of other species' planets, then it's too late already to cower in the dark, as they would also be sophisticated enough that our leakage of everything from morse code crackles to thousands of simultaneous digital video broadcasts has been whetting their appetites for a century.

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Message 1639385 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 17:09:22 UTC - in response to Message 1639382.  

Agreed, but a century is such a short time, astronomically speaking.
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Message 1639388 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 17:11:13 UTC - in response to Message 1639385.  

Agreed, but a century is such a short time, astronomically speaking.


It is, but it's nigh-impossible for us to ever make those signals unbroadcast, so probably too late to worry. That ship has sailed, barn door horse etc.
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Message 1639389 - Posted: 9 Feb 2015, 17:12:56 UTC - in response to Message 1639388.  

Too true. I'm ok with those broadcasts which won't make it very far out anyway, than with an active, high powered signal beamed to a specific point saying "we're over here!"
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Message 1639573 - Posted: 10 Feb 2015, 2:40:10 UTC
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A statement on this just went on the main page with an associated thread. I recognize three of the signatories are from this project (Andrew P. V. Siemion, Eric J. Korpela, Dan Werthimer).
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Message 1639637 - Posted: 10 Feb 2015, 7:01:34 UTC - in response to Message 1639573.  

A statement on this just went on the main page with an associated thread. I recognize three of the signatories are from this project (Andrew P. V. Siemion, Eric J. Korpela, Dan Werthimer).



Thanks for posting the statement, Mr. Kevvy.
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Message 1640580 - Posted: 12 Feb 2015, 8:41:23 UTC - in response to Message 1639368.  
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Oh no, do NOT beam any messages to far-off systems, with any directional beams, and/or with high signal strength.

If those receiving the message are anything like the human race, (and they might very well be), the word CONQUER, is the first word that will come into their minds.

Know the aliens, by knowing the human race....


It's exactly why we very far from interstellar traveling. Natural selection in action. Only civilizations that not think like this could accumulate enough resources for such advancement. Civilizations like humans can only hear space silence and dream about conquers... being not able to explore even own star system fully.

Time to evolve, peoples!
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Message 1640661 - Posted: 12 Feb 2015, 13:02:41 UTC - in response to Message 1639115.  

I have new admiration for Stephen Hawking, since seeing the movie "The Theory of Everything".

From the article:

Stephen Hawking warned inviting aliens to the planet could be dangerous

The fact is we really have no idea what lurks out in space. His statement could be true or not. If they ever did show up and were dangerous, might be a bit mind boggling.

As mind boggling as it sounds, they could be friendly, and we would be the dangerous ones.


Dr. Hawking has a very prudent mind. Because of his physical condition and his constant intertwinement with technology. My opinion is, the ones who do make it here are intelligent enough to not destroy anything. That would be a 'privilege' reserved for the human kind only for the moment:(
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Message 1640719 - Posted: 12 Feb 2015, 15:54:15 UTC

In order to be a threat to us, a supposed hostile extraterrestrial species would need the ability to travel interstellar distances. Such an ability seems to imply their managing the less technically demanding feat of receiving our routine, non-directed radio, radar and television signals.
As we have already realized, by using the focusing effect of the gravity of the local star, such signals could be received from throughout the galaxy.
The fact that we have not been conquered or destroyed by such a civilization, even though many of them would presumably have had a million or a billion year head start on us, seems to argue against this danger.
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Message 1640757 - Posted: 12 Feb 2015, 16:55:43 UTC - in response to Message 1640719.  
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In order to be a threat to us, a supposed hostile extraterrestrial species would need the ability to travel interstellar distances. Such an ability seems to imply their managing the less technically demanding feat of receiving our routine, non-directed radio, radar and television signals.
As we have already realized, by using the focusing effect of the gravity of the local star, such signals could be received from throughout the galaxy.
The fact that we have not been conquered or destroyed by such a civilization, even though many of them would presumably have had a million or a billion year head start on us, seems to argue against this danger.


That would explain why they wouldn't involve themselves in any low vibratory activity, on a quantum scale.
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Message 1641022 - Posted: 13 Feb 2015, 0:58:11 UTC - in response to Message 1640757.  

Dr Seth Shostak says we should be trying to make contact with aliens

We should teach aliens about CRICKET: ET wants to hear about our culture and not our views on science, says director of Seti

Dr Seth Shostak says we should be trying to make contact with aliens
To do so we could send them lots of information about our culture
For example, by sending the internet, they could learn the rules of cricket
Experts have been listening to try and hear an alien signal for decades
Now, some are suggesting we should broadcast, rather than just listen
But while some say we should make contact, others like Professor Hawking have warned against doing so in the past
However, Dr Shostak says that if we don't we might miss our chance to make contact - as aliens might think we are not advanced enough

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2951184/We-teach-aliens-CRICKET-ET-wants-hear-culture-not-views-science-says-Director-Seti.html
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Message 1641029 - Posted: 13 Feb 2015, 1:14:47 UTC - in response to Message 1641022.  

For example, by sending the internet, they could learn the rules of cricket

LOL, that should be enough to keep them away.
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Message 1641033 - Posted: 13 Feb 2015, 1:34:54 UTC - in response to Message 1641029.  

For example, by sending the internet, they could learn the rules of cricket

LOL, that should be enough to keep them away.



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