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Communicating with aliens

  • Derrick Farnell


Wittgenstein once said that if a lion could speak, we would not be able to understand it. No doubt he would say the same about aliens. But is Wittgenstein correct? Derrick Farnell thinks not.



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1 Sagan, Carl, Sagan, Linda & Drake, Frank, ‘A Message from EarthScience, 175 (1972), pp. 881884.

2 Crane, Tim, The Mechanical Mind: A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines and Mental Representation (London: Routledge, 2003), pp.89

3 see note 1

4 Tufte, Edward, ‘Pioneer Space Plaque Redesign’, The Work of Edward Tufte and Graphics Press, website: (viewed 8th July 2005)


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