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Re: The Rosetta Disk By The Long Now Foundation -

From: Ray Stanford <dinotracker.nul>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 17:45:23 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 08:51:16 -0500
Subject: Re: The Rosetta Disk By The Long Now Foundation -

>From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 14:17:30 -0700
>Subject: The Rosetta Disk By The Long Now Foundation

>(Another Rosetta news item)

>Besides carrying the instruments of my work groups, the Rosetta
>spacecraft is carrying a 'Rosetta Disk' mounted under the
>thermal blankets of the orbiter, made by the Long Now


>{begin quote}

>This broad collection of creation stories is intended both as an
>icon for the mission as well as a functional language recovery
>tool for potential finders in unknown futures.

>As an iconic object, the creation stories suggest a mythic frame
>for the Rosetta Mission as it journeys to the Comet
>67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to elaborate our understanding of the
>scientific story of planetary genesis.

>And as a linguistic tool, the 1,000 parallel Genesis
>translations creates a contemporary version of the historic
>Rosetta Stone, enabling finders to work from known languages to
>decipher those on the disk unknown at the time of finding.

If any aliens ever get hands, tenacles, or what have they on
that thing and succeed in translating the text(s), they could
decide we are a bunch of pseudoscientific, superstitious
primitives, to say nothing of the fact that they might conclude
from the Biblical creation story that we are both guilt-ridden
and are male chauvenist pigs. (Eve from a rib of Adam!)

One might have thought that the European Space Agency was too
wise to put something into space promoting a myth that members
of pre-scientific middle-eastern culture created (to explain
what they did not comprehend); but, sadly, that thought would be
wrong. Scientists should protest, along with people of various
religions who hold to differing creation myths.

A Bible tract in space! That takes the cake! Perhaps we only
dream that we are living in the 21st century!

Ray Stanford

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
-- Carl Sagan

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