Deep Space Contact...What Would You Ask?

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Deep Space Contact...What Would You Ask?
Posted by mr Q on Thursday, January 12, 2012 11:31 AM

OK, you have just a minuet or two to ask a distant deep space entity a question before the contact fades. What question (only one) would you ask?

I have so many, I can't decide. How about you? Remember, only ONE question that gets answered.Huh?

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Thursday, January 12, 2012 11:39 AM

Only one question? 

I'd probably screw it up and ask "Can you hear me now?" Wink

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Posted by tower3 on Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:28 PM

Primordial can have my question, I know he'll need more than one.

EASY DUDE, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER WAVE

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Posted by RHONDA on Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:42 PM

tower3

Primordial can have my question, I know he'll need more than one.

HAHAHAHA.......................He would need at least ten.

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Posted by Antitax on Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:31 PM

Download your heavy metal.

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Posted by StarFarmer on Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:01 PM

Boxers  or  Briefs???                LaughLaughLaughAlienLaughLaughLaugh

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Posted by mr Q on Friday, January 13, 2012 3:27 PM

From what Iv'e heard about thoseAlien, don't think they wear anyLaugh

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Posted by Sparky77 on Friday, January 13, 2012 4:09 PM

Are there any other interstellar communications carriers around this part of the universe?  Cuz this ones coverage sucks.

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Posted by leo731 on Friday, January 13, 2012 4:11 PM

Have you heard that the meaning of Life, The Universe, and Everything is 42? Laugh

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Posted by Primordial on Friday, January 13, 2012 6:01 PM

RHONDA & tower3 : I admit the temptation would be there. However I would like to know it they intend to serve mankind.

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Posted by Ming on Friday, January 13, 2012 6:32 PM

How was the universe born ?

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Posted by tower3 on Friday, January 13, 2012 8:03 PM

Primordial, possible they may serve us for dinner. My guess is that they will need something we have.

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Posted by S. Mountain Man on Saturday, January 14, 2012 7:23 AM

I would ask, "How can we continue to communicate?" If the entity could tell me how to do that, then everything else would follow.

My son would ask, "How do I build a warp drive?" so he could go and visit the entity--once again, everything else would follow.

I was pleased that we both thought of questions that offered the possibility of continuing the conversation. Perhaps someday a SETI researcher will have just such an opportunity.

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Deep Space Contact...What Would You Ask?
Posted by Aratus on Saturday, January 14, 2012 8:15 AM

Interesting responses.  It makes you wonder about all those predictions that intersteller communications will fundamentally change humanity.    Laugh

The Star Trek assumptions again are that they speak, use electronic means to communicate - instantaneously, and can translate without any knowledge of the language or culture.

The Star Trek episode which perhaps comes closest to realising the problems is 'Darmok'.    The word 'Darmok' has 47 known meanings.  Only 1 meaning is relevant and even that is used in metaphor.    In the end it was only possible to work out its use because of similar cultural references - which was a big coincidence.

Say oops upside your head now I want all you gappers, and finger snappers you toe tappers and you love rappers.   would be as useful as any request for knowledge.    Neither would be understood, but it would at least indicate they were picking up some kind of life form and not random interference.  - I think.  Big Smile

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Posted by shstar56 on Saturday, January 14, 2012 4:56 PM

I would ask "Can you please come and get me?"

DONNA

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Posted by shstar56 on Saturday, January 14, 2012 4:58 PM

So Aratus, what is YOUR question?

DONNA

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Posted by Primordial on Saturday, January 14, 2012 9:00 PM

tower3 : Rite on dude.

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Posted by BAZ PEARCE on Sunday, January 15, 2012 4:03 AM

Are you coming out for a pint?? Beer Smile

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Deep Space Contact...What Would You Ask?
Posted by Aratus on Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:24 PM

shstar56

So Aratus, what is YOUR question?

There is no point in framing a definitive question for all the reasons I've mentioned.  

If this is posed as a thought experiment, then I find the idea of wanting to ask a definitive question of extra-terrestrials quite disturbing if we are looking for answers to our own problems, or some technical answers or philosophical certainties.

Why treat an alien differently from any other stranger?   If an alien was to come into a pub and stand next to me at a bar I might ask him what he wants to drink.   I might ask him what he does for a living, and play him some Roy Orbison.     I think Zephram Cochrane had the right idea!     Smile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Primordial on Sunday, January 15, 2012 4:36 PM

BAZ PEARCE : That might be a good ploy to get more answers.

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Deep Space Contact...What Would You Ask?
Posted by Aratus on Monday, January 16, 2012 11:35 AM

A BBC news article suggests sending a dump of the entire internet and let the aliens work it out for themselves!!

 

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Posted by Antitax on Monday, January 16, 2012 3:32 PM

Aratus

A BBC news article suggests sending a dump of the entire internet and let the aliens work it out for themselves!

They will take the entertainment and erase the rest.

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Posted by Antitax on Monday, January 16, 2012 3:32 PM

Including us.

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Deep Space Contact...What Would You Ask?
Posted by Aratus on Monday, January 16, 2012 4:20 PM

If any aliens are reading these forum posts they will be chuckling at my comments!  Big Smile

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Posted by mr Q on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 1:29 PM

My original goal was to get some serious responses to the question but all the comical responses are indeed entertaining too.

For what it's worth, I think the post asking for future contact info would be the best so far but I guess the jury is still out Indifferent

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Deep Space Contact...What Would You Ask?
Posted by Aratus on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:16 PM

 Leaving aside the highly unlikely assumptions behind the scenario, (perhaps I was being too pedantic Hmm),  you suggested that the communication should be 'a question'.     That interests me a great deal.  

We have had questions about culture, but mostly they have been requesting technical knowledge.     Perhaps we should be using this brief communication window to tell them about ourselves, or simply expressing our feelings.  

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:42 PM

mr Q

My original goal was to get some serious responses to the question but all the comical responses are indeed entertaining too.

For what it's worth, I think the post asking for future contact info would be the best so far but I guess the jury is still out Indifferent

I think so many humorous resposnes were due to the implied restriction placed upon the posters that it would be only one question with no hope of further questions, or answers for that matter.  We were led to believe there would be no further contact.  Therefore, any question becomes a futile exercise. 

In lieu of a question, it would probably just be better to say "hello" in some fashion.  Being polite, but at the same time not too informative.  After all, the extra info can neither hurt nor help in this scenario. 

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Posted by Antitax on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:06 PM

mr Q

My original goal was to get some serious responses to the question but all the comical responses are indeed entertaining too.

For what it's worth, I think the post asking for future contact info would be the best so far but I guess the jury is still out Indifferent

Seriously I would ask "Are you free?".

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Posted by mr Q on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:17 PM

Poppa - You are right. In my post question, I was thinking that say, an agency did make contact and you/me had a chance to ask just one question (with a reply) after which the agency would continue communications with the entity. Kind of like being invited to a major observatory and you had only one object to observe - what would it be? In this case, what would your question be?

Hope this clears up the confusion and keeps the thread going.

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Posted by Poppa Chris on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:44 PM

OK - a serious question...

"Why did you seek us out?"

 

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