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February 19th, 2008
SETI Unlikely To Eavesdrop On Intelligent Alien Communications
By Dale Roethlisberger

The ‘Search for Extra-Terrestial Intelligence’ (SETI) keeps trying to eavesdrop on ‘our’ (i.e. from the  alien viewpoint) conversations using ideas and approaches that really don’t have much chance of succeeding. The information and ideas we ‘transmit’ across the vast distances of inter-stellar space are extremely valuable both for their content, as well as, the expense of the transmission itself. Given that these ideas and information are also potentially dangerous to cultures and social systems without the neccessary trail of intellectual assimilation to properly context the information or idea in the ‘local’ society, any alien culture would go to great lengths to ‘hide’ or encrypt both the transmission method and the information transmitted.

Even with the current technology available on ‘Earth’, it is possible to use multiple transmission frequencies across the whole electromagnetic spectrum. Anyone sampling the whole electromagnetic spectrum for artificially produced signals would think they are receiving ‘noise’ without knowing exactly the transmisson methodology and the ‘coding’ schema involved. Even advanced alien civilizations already in contact with other aliens would need to have such systems in place to both protect their own cultures from disruptive ideas and technolgies, as well as, insure the safety and viability of information to be used in inter-galactic trade. Of course, this doesn’t take into account the possibility that there may be transmission methods that go technologically beyond systems like radio, television, light and lasers, or anything else currently being utilized on ‘Earth’.

February 1st, 2008
Lack of Effective Planetwide Government Impedes Contact With Intelligent Extra-Terrestials
By Dale Roethlisberger

The non-interference directive in those old ‘Star Trek’ TV episodes is an important idea. Countless times in human history, ‘outside’ cultures have decimated the societies and people they are visiting, whether for the purposes of war or peace or just a pit stop on the way to somewhere else. Mankind runs this risk even in speculating about ET’s. Invariably, some disease, disruptive technology, or shift in paradigm of social thought occurs. The consequences are usually disasterous.

Many times in our human history, when it’s just one group/leader meeting and negotiating with ‘outsiders’, the disruptive nature of a new cultural involvement can be spread out over a longer period of time and distinct negative conditions can be avoided entirely. It’s no guarantee, and you can only remotely imagine what the consequences of contact with intelligent extra-terrestials will bring. However, it is certain that if we Earthlings present ourselves as a planetwide negotiator (i.e. effective World Government) we stand a better chance of having a positive outcome when the intelligent aliens do come.

If I were one of the ET’s, I wouldn’t want to visit here under the current circumstances. The demands of every world leader alone would produce a ‘headache’ of galactic proportions. Imagine the reaction to an outside ‘religious’ belief that has no precedence here and may be tens of thousands or even millions of years old. National boundaries and cultural boundaries would be shattered. Until we have an effective way to represent ourselves beyond Earth, I say to the UFO people and the SETI scientists, be very careful, you may find what you are looking for.

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