archive: Re: SETI Would ET send music?

Re: SETI Would ET send music?
Thu, 17 Dec 1998 23:59:15 EST

In a message dated 12/16/98 8:23:48 PM Eastern Standard Time,

> Last night listening to classical music, my wife commended that this
> "music" is the most important achievement of mankind.
> Assuming it was not illegal to send messages, I would suspect music
> would likely to be sent to us over scientific messages. This leads to
> the next topic we are likely to receive, The 700 club from ET.

These are, in my opinion, the most likely messages to be received from ET, if
the messages are meant to be sent to us from Them.

1. CW, circular polarized.
2. Mathematics, like the primes.
3. Music, ala the movie "Close Encounters of the third Kind".
4. Pictures, ala the Arecibo message.
5. Religious messages, ala the 700 club.
6. Actual information, like scientific things, would be well down on the list.

Of course, we just might receive their terrestrial broadcast leakage, like
their TV.

Asking ourselves what they might send us involves getting inside their "head",
if in fact that is where their brain is. This is a field of study that is not
named yet. I propose to call it "exoplanetary xenobiological sentient being
psychology". Think about it. Every word matters. Now if we could just start
figuring out what Their likely "thoughts" would be. I suggest that evolution
will have created some similarities with us. And God/Allah just might have
created more beings than us in his image. Just my 2 cents.

John Marcus.