For centuries, humans have wondered whether alien life exists on other worlds. Today, astronomers agree that in the coming decades–perhaps within some of our lifetimes–we will discover alien life in some form. But if it ends up being intelligent, will humankind be capable of communicating with them? To know the answer to this begs further questions about the origins of language, and how that relates to the development of consciousness.
Joining us for a deep discussion about this is Samuel Zinner Ph.D., a multidisciplinary scholar of languages and history who has lectured in the recent past on the origins of language. Zinner, also a lover of science fiction, muses about how understanding language and its relationship to consciousness might also aid us in understanding how alien life–and even intelligent extraterrestrials–might develop, and if discovered, how we might be able to successfully interact with them. We discuss everything from how communication with aliens might occur, to how language and myth are related to the subject of unidentified aerial phenomena on this edition of The Micah Hanks Program.
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Below are links to stories and other content featured in this episode:
- SpaceX’s Dragon Crew-1 capsule launches, NASA’s first ‘operational’ mission of commercial crew program
- The 2020 Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks on Monday Night
- The Rings of Ancient Trees May Hold Tales of Epic Space Explosions
- SMiles Lewis Anomaly Archives ‘Streamathon’ Update
- ‘He came back from the dead’: Lost Mount Rainier hiker starts to recover after rescue in whiteout conditions
- Samuel Zinner, Ph.D. profile from Academia.edu
- The Abrahamic Archetype: Conceptual and Historical Relationships between Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Samuel Zinner
- Solaris by Stanislav Lem
- Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
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