2-10communication with aliens

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Communication With Aliens John Durham Peters COMM 3210 Human Communication Theory
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John Durham Peters Source: http://www.uiowa.edu/~commstud/faculty/peters/index.html F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies, University of Iowa
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Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) “The literature on SETI, both scientific and popular, is rife with explicit discussion of communication. SETI not only is the project of understanding radio emissions from deep space but is also implicitly a sustained inquiry into our earthly dilemmas about communication.”
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Challenges of SETI Vast distances – messages could take thousands of years to arrive. Radical otherness – how would signs from totally different life forms be recognized? Noise – how distinguish true signals from natural phenomena, random patterns, fake messages? Allen Telescope Array http://www.seti.org/
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Is Science the Universal Language? “Reading some of the founding SETI articles from the late 1950s, … one is struck by how much they assume science is the universal language…. The SETI scientists have a touching confidence that messages from other worlds would be sent by scientists eager to engage in scholarly exchange rather than by mindless bureaucrats, conquistadores, or con artists.”
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2009 for the course COMM 3210 taught by Professor Craig during the Fall '08 term at Colorado.

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