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So who does Doyle think may be the best candidates to communicate with aliens? So far he's not convinced that dolphins or humans have the necessary linguistic skills. But he's found one species on Earth with a communication level much, much higher.
Doyle: "Humpback whales we're majoring in because they look like they will have the absolutely most complex communication system maybe on the planet"
Doyle's study of humpbacks is in its early stages, but so far he's only studied their social calls. But it may be that when extraterrestrials talk to the Earth species with the most intelligent language, they won't talk to us, but to humpback whales instead.
With a background in extrasolar planet detection (including co-discoverer of two of the eight principal methods for extrasolar planet detection), astronomer Laurance Doyle began calculating the habitability of planets around other stars long before the discovery of the first extrasolar planets. He currently applies some of these detection techniques as a member of the NASA Kepler Science Working Group, a mission which is expected to be able to find the first truly Earthlike planets around other stars.
Not content to understand how much an individual species can communicate, he seeks to understand how the rules of information theory can be used to intercompare many different species’ communication systems. He hopes to apply the results from animal communication studies to the search for extraterrestrial intelligent signals in the near future.
Yes if they come here, I lean toward contacting humans first as more likely too, but I'm intrigued by the whale idea.
Originally posted by DoomsdayRex
I doubt aliens would communicate with humpback whales first. For the simple reason that despite their complex songs, they are not the most interesting beings on the planet. They are not the ones doing things, creating, building, exploring.
Originally posted by hephalump
reply to post by DoomsdayRex
Whether they dream, or what they dream of, what philosophy, if any, they follow.
We know next to nothing of the very intelligent creature we share the planet with.
Originally posted by wiredamerican
Ants are far more numerous than humans, and more successful as well. They have even been around for millions of years. I think aliens would go to ants before they went to us.
Originally posted by zetamafia911
but the video near the end basically just brushes aside the entire ufo field, kind of off-put me though the rest was pretty interesting
Originally posted by someguy420
Ha I was jokingly going to say dolphins before reading any of it
Originally posted by superdebz
When a whale tells me to "eat # and die"
Then ill be impressed.