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For my friends who are StarGate fans...
Space.com did a review of the new movie (possible spoilers depending on what you consider spoilers) and I loved the description of some of the extras on the DVD. Toaster and I got to see Chris Judge on a panel at Dragoncon and he was hysterical. :) This brought back memories. DVD Review: 'Stargate: The Ark of Truth'

Plus, Space.com had a cool article about alien contact in real life. I think this was written in response to suggestions for what to include in a first contact type beam from Earth (as opposed to the stuff sent out on Voyager). The Doritos commercials and Beatles songs from my earlier posts weren’t part of a planned continuous broadcast to space in a focused attempt to contact other cultures. But apparently SETI is considering doing just that and odds are the beings receiving and translating that message will be considerably more advanced than our own. So what do we send? Most people seem to think send the best of the best to impress and make a good first impression. But this guy thinks differently. I’m editing the heck out of this because really I just wanted to share *embracing imperfection* because that paragraph made me giggle but to get the joke you need these other two paragraphs…

… But perhaps even more impressive to an advanced civilization would be a more balanced presentation that reflects honestly on our foibles and shows a certain self-awareness of our imperfections. When looked at in this light, perhaps even a description of our somewhat primitive science, mathematics and technology could be illuminating to extraterrestrials.

A Measured Response … What might surprise ET is how well humans get by, even when we are a bit inaccurate. Though we now know that the value of pi is 3.14159 ... (and on it goes into infinity), earlier mathematicians used much cruder estimates of pi. For example, when wise King Solomon was planning a bathing area in the great temple he was constructing, its specifications indicated that the pool would have a radius of 5 units and a circumference of 30 units. If you plug these numbers into the equation for calculating the circumference of a circle, you'll see that the value of pi was estimated to be 3. While this number underestimates pi by about 5%, by all accounts, the temple turned out to be quite spectacular. Perhaps the most important message that ET could gain from this example is that in spite of our imperfections and miscalculations, we humans are capable of moving forward, sometimes with a fair amount of style.

Embracing Imperfection Indeed, rather than continually focusing on ways that we as a species are superior beings, perhaps as we attempt to make contact with ET, we should take the opposite approach. As a species we are, to put it bluntly, quite imperfect. More often than our egos would like to admit, we snap at our spouses, forget appointments, pay our bills late and round off important mathematical constants to the nearest integer. …

Oh come on! That was funny!!! The article is good, too. Like I said, this is just part of the article. The full piece can be found here: How we present ourselves to aliens


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Mar. 14th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I baught ark of thruth yesterday. i saw it lieka month ago thou. bittorrent ftw.
Mar. 15th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
I thought of you when I read this. Did you like it? I'd be interested in seeing it. i haven't seen EVERY SG episode but I've seen a lot of them and i do like the show.
Mar. 15th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
the dvd has a very comprehensive prelude of seasons 9 and 10 so you know about 90% of whats covered in teh movie.
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