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THE DECODING PROBLEM: DO WE NEED TO SEARCH FOR EXTRA TERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE IN ORDER TO SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE

 

Neil Tennant

Department of Philosophy and Center for Cognitive Science

The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio 43210

 

Abstract

There is a widespread and perhaps uncritically accepted assumption on the part of SETI researchers and popularizers that we could tell what an ETI might be trying to tell us. We raise difficulties for this assumption. If the assumption is abandoned, a lot follows. We might even be able to argue, in a novel way, that SETI will be utterly futile.

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