[FPSPACE] China sending messages to aliens

Keel, William keel at ua.edu
Mon Oct 17 09:28:04 EDT 2016

On Oct 17, 2016, at 8:11 AM, Brian Harvey <brharvey at eircom.net<mailto:brharvey at eircom.net>> wrote:

Does it matter who or which country sends the message?

This is an interesting philosophical question, I don’t remember this issue being raised before.

This has been discussed in SETI circles for a long time. The working protocols, seen for example at
declare in part:

"No response to a signal or other evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence should be sent until appropriate international consultations have taken place. The procedures for such consultations will be the subject of a separate agreement, declaration or arrangement.”

On the other hand, nothing about this is internationally binding anywhere, as far as I can tell (I don’t see that any
countries are actually parties to this declaration, maintained by the IAA).

Bill Keel

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