archive: Re: SETI Music to ETIs?

Re: SETI Music to ETIs?

Matthew G Cheung ( mgcheung1@juno.com )
Tue, 22 Dec 1998 21:54:41 -0500

Wouldn't there have to be quite a bit of similarity in environment to
make intelligent life?

On Tue, 22 Dec 1998 01:41:52 -0800 "Brian Wong" <bw@logis.com> writes:
>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 <mgcheung1@juno.com>
>To: bw@logis.com <bw@logis.com> seti@sni.net <seti@sni.net>
>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?
>
>
>
>

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