Really what, can you be more specific. No offense, but you seem to remember past conversations rather differently than I do. As is outlined above. I am not sure how you came to those conclusions.
Yes it would, or even suspect intelligent life would be at a certain planet. How many times must I list the major advantages? Speed is at the speed of light already, cost is minimal, no risk to life, no machinery to build, minimal prep time. The list of advantages is huge. If we wanted to make something to travel to a new system, we would probably be bogged down in blueprints for 12 months before we even begin costly construction. And remember Apollo 1, 13? Challenger? Discovery? No loss of life can happen with communications.
No, I really do not think spying on a new species is a good way to form a relationship. Before we even meet we are sneaking around in the shadows, no I think it is a terrible way to initiate contact. And how much faster would we crack communications with their help? Like us, one starts with something like a sequence of prime numbers, something recognised that is not likely to occur in nature, Math is is universal, you work from there. It's not the astounding challenge you make it out to be, we have been crossing continents and learning new languages for centuries.
What would probes do, other than slow down this mutual exchange that could lead to open communications?
Not at all, if you want to consider privacy a human trait, do so, but near every animal has some sort of territorial ideal. I personally believe that privacy is a universal right. I do not agree with you that regard for privacy is anthropomorphic.
Take me to your leader seems rather popular as well.
Do you really see that as an issue?
We do not need vast reams of spam, we need to make a common connection, as I said, math. And work from there. How much do you understand about linguistics? I do not claim to be any sort of expert, byt my niece is. Languages are broken down into components, and organised, if we are considering normal speech patterns, but why is that necessary? Most forms of communications are broken down to digital these days, if we cannot make some sort of contact with 1's and 0's then I have to say that I would be rather shocked. Not like 1's and 0's change state due to language, our sun is one star, not matter what language you speak in.
If they did turn out to be warlike, we do not have to go on the attack. We have time to negotiate, try to make peace, offer exchanges, all sorts of things before a last resort like conflict need be entered into, and then if the species is like 10,000 light years distant, were fine, they can rant all they like. At worst, we could even evacuate if no other option was to be realised, point is, comms give us this advantage of being at "the destination" quicker and more efficiently than any other method. I do not disagree that probes would be used, as I said, some places are not habitable, we might go explore a pure diamond sun or something which will not have life on it. Then you need a probe. But where intelligence exists, I think one would be quite mad not to take the quickest, easiest, most productive and cost effective not to mention safest route. What advantage would a probe offer over communications?
Edited by psyche101, 26 March 2013 - 09:07 AM.