Alien Communication

Alien Communication

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Flint Water, How to Stop Bullying, Sundance Film Festival

Episode: Flint Water, How to Stop Bullying, Sundance Film Festival

  • Jan 28, 2016
  • 26:16 mins

Guest: Donald Hoffman, PhD, Professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine  Almost 40 years ago, NASA launched a message into space aboard the Voyager spacecraft for any extraterrestrial beings who may happen upon it. Called the Golden Record, it’s a gold-plated phonograph record that carries pictures, music, and greetings from earth in 55 different languages. Ever since then, groups like the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute have been listening closely to satellite wavelengths for a sign that our message had been received, but so far there’s no word back from space.  Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman says even if extraterrestrials found the Golden Record, they probably couldn’t make out the messages on it.