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#303815 - 11/09/17 06:55 PM What Happens If China Makes First Contact?
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Ross Andersen
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December, 2017

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Last January, the Chinese Academy of Sciences invited Liu Cixin, China’s preeminent science-fiction writer, to visit its new state-of-the-art radio dish in the country’s southwest. Almost twice as wide as the dish at America’s Arecibo Observatory, in the Puerto Rican jungle, the new Chinese dish is the largest in the world, if not the universe. Though it is sensitive enough to detect spy satellites even when they’re not broadcasting, its main uses will be scientific, including an unusual one: The dish is Earth’s first flagship observatory custom-built to listen for a message from an extraterrestrial intelligence. If such a sign comes down from the heavens during the next decade, China may well hear it first.

In some ways, it’s no surprise that Liu was invited to see the dish. He has an outsize voice on cosmic affairs in China, and the government’s aerospace agency sometimes asks him to consult on science missions. Liu is the patriarch of the country’s science-fiction scene. Other Chinese writers I met attached the honorific Da, meaning “Big,” to his surname. In years past, the academy’s engineers sent Liu illustrated updates on the dish’s construction, along with notes saying how he’d inspired their work.

But in other ways Liu is a strange choice to visit the dish. He has written a great deal about the risks of first contact. He has warned that the “appearance of this Other” might be imminent, and that it might result in our extinction. “Perhaps in ten thousand years, the starry sky that humankind gazes upon will remain empty and silent,” he writes in the postscript to one of his books. “But perhaps tomorrow we’ll wake up and find an alien spaceship the size of the Moon parked in orbit.”

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#303817 - 11/09/17 07:42 PM Re: What Happens If China Makes First Contact? [Re: Golem]
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Mr Trump will claim that only he was responsible for China's success, for without the large trade deficit China would not have been able to fund the project which Mr Trump sponsored. (do not be alarmed that this appears contradictory to previous Trump statements, they are in fact the same if you stand on your head and sing New York New York if only Mr Trump lived in New York)
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#303821 - 11/09/17 08:19 PM Re: What Happens If China Makes First Contact? [Re: Golem]
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If China gets first contact, the aliens will think that earthlings are inscrutable.
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#303823 - 11/09/17 09:09 PM Re: What Happens If China Makes First Contact? [Re: Golem]
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Article ASKS "what happens IF China makes first contact".
Forget the what-ifs, America. We sealed our fate as second fiddle, way back when we defunded SETI and forever when we elected Trump.
Yes, we still have NASA, a very fine jewel, we have Elon Musk and SpaceX, however I still wager it WILL BE China who does make first contact with extraterrestrials.
And if we're lucky, we might be granted a small say in the response, provided we've rid ourselves of Donald Trump and Trumpism in general.
If not, it is WE who will be "seated at the kiddie table", not China.
The article is VERY LONG and worth every minute of your time, so GET COFFEE.
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#303832 - 11/10/17 12:15 AM Re: What Happens If China Makes First Contact? [Re: Golem]
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We are beyond hiding from ET, we have been broadcasting our presence and location for well over a century now. From the simple dit da dit, to war on the evening news. We have told the universe we are here and this is how we act. It is no wonder that they are hiding.

Still a very good read, txs.
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#303833 - 11/10/17 02:27 AM Re: What Happens If China Makes First Contact? [Re: Golem]
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What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

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#303834 - 11/10/17 04:53 AM Re: What Happens If China Makes First Contact? [Re: Ken Condon]
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I think it fitting that the celestials should have first crack at talking to our friends from the heavens.
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