Re: Universal Schelling points

The Low Golden Willow (
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 13:41:05 -0800 (PST)

On Feb 12, 12:54am, wrote:

} at something (as I believe Michael Lorrey suggested) in the 21 cm band? I'd
} like to hear more of the reasoning behind that choice. Doesn't it rely on a
} rather parochial notion of appropriate biologies?

That they're based on water? Not necessarily parochial at all. The
lifeforms don't have to currently be CHON based, but to have evolved
that way. And I think that band is naturally quiet, so it is both a
simple band people would think of, and easy to hear something there.

} Were I an alien trying to contact scattered friends, I think I'd set up a
} sort of lighthouse that, at freakishly regular intervals, would blast out

Sounds like pulsars. Try a more complex pattern. Primes, Fibonacci,

Merry part,
-xx- Damien R. Sullivan X-) <*>

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