On Communications with Extraterrestrials…

SkyHarbor, 2013/02/06 

“Perhaps the safest thing to do at the outset, if technology permits, is to send music. This language may be the best we have for explaining what we are like to others in space, with least ambiguity. I would vote for Bach, all of Bach, streamed out into space, over and over again. We would be bragging of course, but it is surely excusable to put the best possible face on at the beginning of such an acquaintance. We can tell the harder truths later.”

― Lewis Thomas, biologist: suggestion for initial communication with an extraterrestrial culture.

Just a little thing a young J. Sebastian dashed off one afternoon…

What better love-letter to send to the universe?


  1. Max wrote,

    Certainly better than this:

    Unfortunately, that message went out a long while back and can’t be recalled. No ‘oops’ button.

    Comment on 2013/02/06 @ 1:51 pm

  2. SkyHarbor wrote,

    EEK! A chilling moment in the film, alright!

    But better the Olympics opening ceremonies than a live feed from say, the annual Party Rally at Nuremberg or a broadcast of Leni Riefenstahl’s (in)famous ‘Triumph of The Will’ (1935):

    Still scary as hell – and this was the Nazis on their very best behaviour!

    (Yes, you’ll note Richard Wagner’s ‘Dämmerung’ prominent towards the end.)

    “Hey Hans! Who are you bringing to the Book Burning this weekend?
    I was thinking of asking Gretl – You?”

    Comment on 2013/02/06 @ 6:57 pm

  3. Max wrote,

    Tired of looking at myself (happens eventually) so updated the HBD post timestamp.

    Comment on 2013/02/07 @ 1:16 pm

  4. byronius wrote,

    Sky, amazing that you would post the Triumph video — I was just about to look for it, since I’m almost done with Toland.

    Adi, the shambling, repetetive dreamer, his left arm hanging uselessly at his side, screaming at Guderian in the bunker —

    Check out this graphic, BTW —

    Fucking amazing.

    Comment on 2013/02/07 @ 6:02 pm

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