archive: Re: SETI Music to ETIs?

Re: SETI Music to ETIs?

Larry Klaes ( )
Tue, 22 Dec 1998 07:55:42 -0500

Chapter 13 of the MIT Press book, HAL's Legacy, deals with emotions
and machines, and shows that emotions are a critical feature in making
quick decisions, and not the complete impediment that other science
fiction works (like Star Trek's Vulcan race) would have us believe.

The Web page URL:

So maybe ETI do have emotions different from humans, but they may
need them just the same to survive to become intelligent and/or civilized.


At 01:41 AM 12/22/1998 -0800, Brian Wong wrote:
>Certainly. But I'm not saying that ETI species would not have complex
>emotions. There are no reasons that they should or should not possess
>emotions. The issue is whether their emotions are translatable to anything
>familiar to us and vice-versa. Terrestrial animal emotions evolved from and
>are suited to the terrestrial environment. ETI emotions, or something
>similar, will evolve and be suited for the respective ETI environs. The
>laws governing life forms may be similar but not necessarily the same nor
>parallel. The universe allows many combinations of possibilities.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Matthew G Cheung <>
>To: <> <>
>Date: Monday, December 21, 1998 3:57 AM
>Subject: Re: SETI Music to ETIs?
>>It seems to me that conveying the idea of pleasure and other emotions
>>should not be that much of a problem. We evolved with primitive emotions
>>to help us deal with certain situations, or at least that's the way it
>>seems to me. Especially after our ancestors got to the ground, they had
>>be able recognize danger. Some emotions like fear must have originated
>>as a mechanism to get out of danger, but over the millions of years they
>>evolved to more advanced emotions. Should we assume that if other
>>species evolve to form complex civilizations like ours that they would
>>not have complex emotions?