Originally posted by Klepto
When this occurs then communication is no longer a problem as the means has been available from radio, to the internet and even by word of mouth.
After some further contemplation I regret to introduce this concept, but it is justified:
Most individuals in humanity are not aware of 99% of humanity's 7,000 years of recorded history, and usually they are aware of less than 1% of our
recorded history. How could we possibly relay by word of mouth the recorded history of an alien race with hundred's of thousands of years of
recorded history in any timely fashion to the multitudes of Earth when we don't even speak the same language throughout regions?
There would be so much information it would be overwhelming for the vast majority, and since we learn through the process of the "law of
association", i doubt people would have the sufficent accumilation of pre-requisite pre-accepted truths to be consciously aware of the information
being presented anyways. Furthermore, there would be many concepts that were so foriegn to anything known, there is no way of knowing we even have
the words in our language to fully communicate many aspects of knowledge that we are attempting to relay.
In other words it may in fact be our language that prevents effective dialogue between our species, because we simply do not have the words to
convey many concepts. This adds an interesting perspective to the concept/assumption that the aliens may have been altering our dna, altering it to
promote effective communication with them.