Once again, dear reader, we bring you another Creative Challenge — to see if you have what it takes to deal with the great issues of our time.
Although it doesn’t seem to be a hot topic around here, this one is about about SETI — the Search for extraterrestrial intelligence. You’re aware of what we wrote about recently in SETI Is Going Big Time — a new, $100 million SETI project is being bankrolled entirely by Yuri Milner, a Russian internet billionaire.
We learned this in the last sentence of a new article at PhysOrg, It’s not all about aliens – listening project may unveil other secrets of the universe. They repeat a lot of old news and then, at the very end, they say:
[P]lans are already in place to figure out how to respond if we are not alone – Milner plans to run a competition with a prize of $1m to find the best digital message to transmit back.
Now there is a challenge worthy of our readership! It appears that Milner hasn’t actually established the competition yet, and Hawking may persuade him that it’s unwise to deliberately reveal our presence to a truly advanced species. Therefore you probably won’t be giving anything away by participating here.
The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us:
We already know what ol’ Hambo would want to transmit. We described his views about aliens in Ken Ham: Aliens Are Going to Hell! If the scientists running SETI allowed Hambo to send Earth’s message, he would say: Repent, sinners! It’ll be fun to speculate what other creationists might say, but we’re interested in what you would say.
You know the rules: A successful entry should be self-explanatory. You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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