Big Picture Science – How To Talk To Aliens

by Gary Niederhoff on January 11, 2015

Big Picture Science – How To Talk To Aliens

“Dear E.T. …” So far, so good. But now what? Writing is never easy, but what if your task was to craft a message to aliens living elsewhere in the universe, and your prose would represent all humankind? Got writer’s block yet?

What to say to the aliens was the focus of a recent conference in which participants shifted their attentions away from listening for extraterrestrial signals to transmitting some. In this show, we report on the “Communicating Across the Cosmos” conference held at the SETI Institute in December 2014.

Find out what scientists think we should say. Also, how archeology could help us craft messages to an unfamiliar culture. Plus, why journalists might be well-suited to writing the message. And, a response to Stephen Hawking’s warning that attempting to contact aliens is too dangerous.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Doug Vakoch / Crafting a Message
Part 2: Morris Jones / The Message Crafters
Part 3: Paul Wason / Deciphering the Message
Part 4: Al Harrison / Interstellar Time Capsule
Part 5: Shari Wells-Jensen / Alien Language
Part 6: Doug Vakoch / Communication Controversy

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