Re: Alien Communication Re: Ethics of being a Creator

Scott Badger (
Wed, 29 Apr 1998 22:49:38 -0500

>The bit about challenging other humans to decode a signal misses the basic
>fact that whoever send us a signal will almost certainly NOT be even
>human..What if they communicate via odor, or some other strange medium? An
>image as such might not even be concievable to them..
>Chuck Kuecker

I don't know. Seems to me that one attribute generally favored by natural
selection is increased awareness of one's environment. Vision has proven to
be a very effective means of processing information about the environment
and vision is the most important sensory modality for humans. It would be
pretty surprising to me if it weren't important in most alien species (if
they exist) as well.