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Paper: A Methodological Approach to Communication with Extraterrestrials
Volume: 213, Bioastronomy '99: A New Era in Bioastronomy
Page: 603
Authors: Ascheri, Valeria
Abstract: The problem of communicating with extraterrestrial intelligence (CETI) has been debated by scholars of different disciplines but, in my opinion, we have to consider the problems connected with it before proposing a suitable language. We don't know anything about extraterrestrial world and its nature and this point is a fundamental one regarding the problem of the language; actually we understand each other because we know, at least generally, what matter we are dealing with, either objects or events happened or something we are able to know referring to past experiences. That's why we must concetrate our efforts on working on the physical nature of universe and the knowledge both civilizations share about it; therefore some scholars have proposed to use the mathematical language (see Paolo Musso's paper) as universal, anyway using it the problem of communicating can't be solved because of it's rigidity and limited field of expression. Others have proposed a pictorical language but it has a high anthropocentric value intrinsically. My topic is to draw attention to an important problem connected with any language, that of intentionality; even if we might find a universal language, it wouldn't be taken for granted we can really understand each other because we need to understand the object involved in the dialogue. Consequently, in order not to fall into misleading languages, I propose here a methodological approach as a necessary, but perhaps not sufficient, condition to venture this matter, to communicate something more than a self-proclaiming message.
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