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What To Do If You're First To Contact Aliens [Pic]

Hits: 49542 | Rating: (3.5) | Category: Science | Added by: fancylad
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bigbangbilly
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 705 Posts
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 2:15:18 PM
nice

Nintenutts
Male, 13-17, Canada
 92 Posts
Friday, April 02, 2010 5:38:43 PM
Strangely, I'm reading this on an Alienware...

Ace_Mazta
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 703 Posts
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:17:50 PM
fun

itzazoom
Male, 18-29, Europe
 182 Posts
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:54:33 PM
@mighty:
if you were to go to space to find other life forms you WOULD know about there being other systems than base 10, (2,8,16, you name it) so if theyr advanced enough to find us they WILL be smart enough to grasp base 10... quickly

agree with pinkflyd, long but worth it :P

pinkflyd25
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 160 Posts
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:23:27 AM
normally, this would be a "TL:DR" but this was really interesting. It got me really excited to make contact, I hope I am the first person, I'll make sure to keep a folded dollar bill in my pocket just in case ;)

JJdagdelen
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 101 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 12:22:04 PM
Yepimbored, they will be intelligent enough to recognize a base ten system and convert their system to it so that we can understand.

JackBurton
Male, 18-29, Europe
 3 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 10:22:55 AM
Want some candy?

Mighty-
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 201 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 9:09:39 AM
how do we know aliens count in base 10? Even some ancient cultures here on earth didn't count in base 10, like the Aztecs.

yepimbored
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 132 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 7:02:27 AM
God help us all if they were to land in a good ol' fashioned southern Alabama trailer park. We'd be vaporized within minutes.

1avatar2
Male, 13-17, Europe
 194 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:46:55 AM
Something you might wanna see is the Arecibo broadcast, transimitted in binary code, with lots of information about us:base ten digits, important life elements etc...

Caretta
Male, 18-29, Europe
 541 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:37:52 AM
"I Wonder if it's possible for some constructs to live in parallel with us without us even knowing... Freaky."

Try reading Robert Heinlein's 'Goldfish Bowl'.

Anyway, it's very likely that aliens would spend time observing from afar to get an understanding of earth life. Infact there's plenty of stuff that an alien race could reliably assume about all life on earth from many thousands of light years away - just from the physical characteristics of the planet.

Besides, there's always the chance they won't consider us worth the effort: Terry Bisson - Meat

MattPrince
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2223 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:12:27 AM
"3) Diagrams might work. Pictures probably won't. If they're not *primarily* visual, a photograph will be a series of colours, not a picture. Let alone your pooty drawings. "

It would be surprising if they didn't have a full array of e/m sensors at their disposal, and it would be *very* alien for them to *not* be primarily visual. From an opaque environment perhaps...

I Wonder if it's possible for some constructs to live in parallel with us without us even knowing... Freaky.

GRadde
Male, 18-29, Europe
 2567 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 3:30:18 AM
>BigWaFuu

Agreed, they would observe us first and one could therefore assume that they'd know who to contact. HOWEVER: their hierarchy may vary somewhat extremely to our. Will they go for the most populated? Will they go to the most advanced? Will they contact people in a region they find most prosperous for their needs? Will they go to they who have the most political power, assuming they can decifre that?

So, in any case, I don't think we can suppose anything about who or how the aliens will make contact. But they will be incredibly, supremely, more intelligent than anything we have.

Baalthazaq
Male, 18-29, Asia
 4753 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 3:06:30 AM
To make it simpler:

Ok, they receive our signals. Have you ever tried opening a .jpg that was mislabeled as a .zip? Notice how your computer told you to go drat yourself?

Ever try to open a webpage for it to tell you your browser isn't compatible, or to get the latest version of Java or shockwave?

Yes, now instead of that, instead of "different browser versions" you have an alien race running off (instead of 0s and 1s) a shiny crystal that focuses time into gamma rays which is what this race uses for communication.

Is it going to be compatible with your browser version? No. It just isn't.

Baalthazaq
Male, 18-29, Asia
 4753 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 2:58:47 AM
1) No, Aliens would not study our race significantly before making first contact.
First contact does not mean introducing themselves to the human race, it is the first time they make contact with any human. Which is likely to be as part of the study process, not at the end of it.

2) Radio and TV broadcasts... yes... ok... you do realize that the signal is not necessarily automatically translatable right?

I don't just mean our signals will be in English, I mean they might use radiowaves solely for sending taste information rather than sound.

So our "Good morning listeners, this is 92 FM" when put through their machines comes to them as the taste of wax and urine.

3) Diagrams might work. Pictures probably won't. If they're not *primarily* visual, a photograph will be a series of colours, not a picture. Let alone your pooty drawings.

BunnyNaku
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 5245 Posts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:49:54 AM
XD

SilverThread
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3367 Posts
Monday, March 22, 2010 9:05:13 PM
This should be a Public Service Announcement, The More You Know!

xxPinkxx
Female, 18-29, Canada
 3842 Posts
Monday, March 22, 2010 9:03:48 PM
at first i was like "sheeeeet so much to read!"

then i read it and started chuckling. good post.

BigWaFuu
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1165 Posts
Monday, March 22, 2010 9:01:12 PM
to be realistic: If aliens did visit us, they would have to be very advanced and intelligent. That obvious statement out of the way, they would, in no way, contact one random human on Earth without studying the race first. The aliens would very likely have studied our language, our civilization, and discovered how far we had advanced and what we knew. If they decided to make contact at all, they would be smart enough to know not to just talk to the first creature they see without any understanding of the situation. Communication would be vital.

Um and otherstuff like that. Still. funny

vfr4
Male, 30-39, Canada
 186 Posts
Monday, March 22, 2010 8:33:13 PM
God damn, I was looking for some funny picks when I realized I had read through an essay. Damn you I-A-B.

xtkm1x
Male, 13-17, Southern US
 418 Posts
Monday, March 22, 2010 8:03:52 PM
and no, I'm not hitting on you.

xtkm1x
Male, 13-17, Southern US
 418 Posts
Monday, March 22, 2010 8:03:35 PM
you and me both, pui.

Link_Hiei
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 5188 Posts
Monday, March 22, 2010 7:37:15 PM
Neato. Ima remember this :P.


gatorade777
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1201 Posts
Monday, March 22, 2010 7:27:45 PM
id rather our calendar still use AD and BC. PRe contact and post contact would suck cause they're both PC.

razlem
Male, 13-17, Southern US
 534 Posts
Monday, March 22, 2010 7:25:36 PM
I think aliens would research more about us first before making first contact.

Don't question me dammit. I've seen Star Trek.

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