From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul> Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 15:23:20 EST Fwd Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 08:30:09 -0500 Subject: Re: Problems In Extraterrestrial Communication - >From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 17:05:32 -0700 >Subject: Problems In Extraterrestrial Communication >Problems in Extraterrestrial Communication >Douglas Raybeck >Anthropology Department >Hamilton College >Clinton, NY 13323 >CONTACT IX >March 6-8, 1992 >Palo Alto, CA <snip> >It is a truism of information theory that for communication to >occur, there must be some commonality, some sharing between >sender and receiver. The commonality may derive from perception, >from cognition, from experience, but there must be a common >reference point upon which to build shared meaning. In the >absence of such a mutual point, all messages are unique and no >information can be exchanged, since there is no means to decode >it. This situation, or something very much like it, may very >well obtain when we first encounter extraterrestrial >intelligence. <snip> Raybeck's argument is that ET's will be so alien that they won't be able to communicate with humans, because supposedly they have no "commonality of experience." But he shoots down his entire argument in the following paragraph (below). The external world of reality, the universe, is a "commonality of experience" that ET's (if they exist) would share with humans. >Others have argued that our ability to create symbols requires >the construction of internal representations of the external >world (Laughlin and D'Aquili 1974). This aptitude, in turn, >involves associating information from various sensory modalities >(taste, touch,sight, sound) in order to construct these >representations of external stimuli(Ardila and Ostrosky-Solis >1989, Jerison 1990, Marin 1982). There is a neuron-rich area of >the left hemisphere located in the folds of the Sylvan fissure >that seems to be the site where various sensory information is >cross-connected (Geschwind 1990, Laughlin and D'Aquili 1974). >Termed the inferior parietal lobule (IPL), this structure seems >to be an association area of association areas. Information >entering the IPL from one sensory modality can be cross- >referenced to other modalities. Theoretically this would permit >the IPL to promote the construction of internal representations >of the external world. Thus, the IPL seems to be deeply >implicated in such curious events as synesthesia, where the >information of one modality is registered as though it came from >another (e.g. That sound is very bright.) However, the IPL is >also the probable source of our mundane, yet very special >ability to create symbols and to process cognitive distinctions. What the above discourse means is that the human brain recreates the external real world inside its neural "wiring," converting sensory information about the universe into "internal representations" inside the brain of the world outside the brain. If there are ET's elsewhere in the same universe, they would know that the same physical laws and principles govern it everywhere (despite the fact we can create antimatter in the lab we cannot find any antimatter galaxies or worlds made of it). For ET's to survive in the same universe as humans they would have to have neural-type systems that recreate the outside world internally, just like the human brain does, and thus there would be fundamental basics of communication that would be in "common" with humans even down to the "hard-wiring" of the human brain. The way that the human brain processes sensory info may be unique but the fact it processes external world stimuli is not unique and that outside world follows common physical laws everywhere even if the details differ from place to place.
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