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We’re not talking to you, we’re talking to Saturn

Nick Richardson: Lingua Cosmica, 18 June 2020

Extraterrestrial Languages 
by Daniel Oberhaus.
MIT, 252 pp., £20, October 2019, 978 0 262 04306 9
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... the sounds, which are unlabelled.In Extraterrestial Languages, his history of speaking to aliens, Daniel Oberhaus sharply distinguishes simple attempts to communicate with extraterrestrials (Ceti, or ‘active Seti’) from attempts to compose messages that an alien might understand. The records and plaques on the probes are Ceti, like the plans to nuke ...

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