RE: "Web-mediated SETI": Robert Bradbury Replies

Billy Brown (
Tue, 2 Nov 1999 10:37:56 -0600

Damien Broderick wrote:
> The trouble I have with this cute idea is that it also applies to time
> travellers, interdimensional visitors and minions of the
> Illuminati.

The trouble I have with the idea is that it is incoherent. On the one hand they implicitly assume that all aliens follow a very extreme Prime Directive-type rule against doing anything that would even be detectible by primitive civilizations, let alone intervening. On the other hand, they seem to think that these same aliens will happily suspend there rule as soon as someone says hello to them. That doesn't make sense. If they don't respond to a concentration camp inmate praying for deliverance, I don't see any reason to think they will respond to a casual electronic greeting either.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I