archive: Re: SETI The Drake Equation - Theology

Re: SETI The Drake Equation - Theology

Brian Straight ( (no email) )
Fri, 21 May 1999 15:28:56 -0500

>> >>Imagine if we sent a greeting with religious content
>> tomorrow. How many
>> >>people would it upset?

Lots and lots, I should think. But this thread got me thinking along
a different line--just how would anyone send a religious message
comprehensible to an alien culture? It's pretty easy to send messages
that lend themselves to mathematical expression--we can send a great
deal of information about our planet, solar system, even pictures of
ourselves. But how could one communicate a philosophical
or religious concept to a civilization whose experiences are
(quite literally) alien?

On earth, of course, it's quite easy to achieve
such cross-cultural dialogs--our common human experience
facilitates this (and it's a relatively simple thing to adopt someone
else's belief system if they are pointing a sword or gun at you:^))
But without shared experience, how do you achieve such
an interchange?

Given that the understanding of such concepts is a crucial part of
really 'knowing' any alien culture, might we not, after contact, be
doomed to communication without understanding?


>> >>Cheers
>> >>
>> >>Adrian
>> >>
>> >>Adrian W Kingsley-Hughes
>> >>Argus Station (currently under construction) IO73vf95
>> >>SETI League VOLCOR:Cymru/Wales
>> >>
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