The present paper is a synthesis of three presentation given by myself at the Toulouse IAC 2001 (Analogy as a tool to communicate abstract concepts in SETI), the Bremen IAC 2003 (From maths to culture: towards an effective message), and the Vancouver IAC 2004 (Philosophical and religious implications of extraterrestrial intelligent life). Its aim is to find a way to make our cultural concepts understandable to hypothetical extraterrestrials (ETs) in a SETI communication. First of all, I expose the reasons why I think that analogy could be a good tool for this purpose. Then, I try to show that this is possible only in the context of an integrated language, using both abstract symbols and pictures, also sketching two practical examples about some basic concepts of our moral and religious tradition. Further studies are required to determine whether this method could be extended to the higher-level abstract concepts in the other fields of our culture. Finally, I discuss the possible role of mathematics, logic and natural science in the construction of an analogy-based language for interstellar messages with a cultural content and a possible way of managing this matter from a social point of view.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Titolo:||A language based on analogy to communicate cultural concepts in SETI|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.actaastro.2010.04.005|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000285320500021|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-78349306905|
|Parole Chiave:||SETI; interstellar message; Freudenthal; Lincos; Arecibo Message; binary code; Evpatoria message; Teen-Age Message; Frank Drake; Yvan Dutil; Stephan Dumas; Alexander Zaitsev; Carl Sagan; culture; cultural concepts; analogy; logic; mathematics; science; theology; metaphysics; modal concepts; federal style.|
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