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Blogger William Orem wrote on Aug. 4, 2008 @ 17:49 GMT


What a great way to wrap up the summer. Cassini finds liquid hydrocarbons on Titan, making it the only other place we know of with natural lakes and charging up the search for life outside Earth. Phoenix Lander finds water ice in the Martian soil, adding credence to the suspicion that microbes might once have evolved there. And, oh yeah, an Apollo astronaut admits that the government has...

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Zeeya wrote on Aug. 5, 2008 @ 15:37 GMT
On the subject of extra terrestrials, Guillermo Lemarchand has been writing about how we might build a universal language, or Lingua Cosmica, to communicate with aliens. (In “Close Encounters...,” of course, they did it with music.)

Lemarchand leads the SETI project at the Argentine Institute for Radio Astronomy. He notes that the different languages that humans speak can influence and restrict (or enhance) the kinds of thoughts they have and the way that they perceive the world. That difference would be amplified when considering how humans could communicates with aliens, to the point that we may never be able to recognize the way their intelligence manifests itself, or recognize, decode, and respond to their efforts at communication.

In the end, he suggests using symmetry, and in particular, communication based on the golden section, which is aesthetically pleasing to humans—appearing in nature and in art, architecture, and music—and could be universally appealing.

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zeno wrote on Aug. 6, 2008 @ 20:54 GMT
Excuse me, the first picture is right over the first bit of text, so I can't read it. This is the second time this happens. Is it my computer that does this or is it this blog that's wrong? Either way, can it be fixed?

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Otto L. King wrote on Oct. 26, 2019 @ 18:53 GMT
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