Thursday, December 02, 2004

Parsing Alien Sense from Stellar Nonsense is Nonsense

Posted by Trent Walters at 9:29 PM reports that in the 1940s Claude "Shannon showed that a message transmitted with optimal efficiency is indistinguishable from random noise to a receiver unfamiliar with the language in the message," which University of Michigan physicist Mark Newman, biologist Michael Lachmann, and computer scientist Cristopher Moore expounded upon:

"When electromagnetic waves [i.e. alien signals] are used as the transmission medium, the most information efficient format for a message is indistinguishable from ordinary thermal radiation [i.e. stars]."