What do we do when we are not alone?
Saturday, March 21, 2009

Documentary Calling ET

What do we do when the aliens come? Panic as in HG Wells' War of the Worlds radio play or follow a protocol to a first contact? A small group of scientists is involved in this scenario and preparing the best possible.

On August 15, 1977 received radio astronomer Professor Jerry Ehman a signal from space. In ecstasy he wrote WOW! in the margins of the computer print. He portrays a filmmaker Prosper de Roos (age) eleven people dealing with the unimaginable: contact with an extraterrestrial civilization. Astronomer Seth Shostak says in the film: "You do not know when it happens, but that happens is inevitable." He is one of the scientists who for the moment surprême ready and wants to be working on a protocol.

If you have the 66-minute film of The Roos have seen, it is unlikely that you have more contact with an extraterrestrial civilization rule. Shostak, president of SETI, an institute that searches for extraterrestrial intelligence (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence): "There are more stars than sand on our beaches. There are even billions of galaxies like ours. The probability that we are the only planet with intelligent life is nil. "

It seems a matter of time. The Rose: "Right. The WOW signal is too short to make sure to say that this came from an extraterrestrial civilization. Scientists are looking for longer messages with their radio telescopes. The problem is that they are less than one percent of the sky to search. More equipment they have not.

The problem in 1977 was that the telescope could not focus. The current models are now in state. Plus that more and more, but also increasingly powerful equipment for the detective. "

Division of Human Rights
The dozen people portrayed in the film consists mainly of astronomers as well as from a lawyer, a psychologist, a philosopher and a diplomat. All well-meaning people who work for the success of contact with aliens. Moving sometimes, as the start of shot space engineer Paul Shuch a flag with the sun, the earth and the moon keeps up. Shuch: "This flag is based on the day that there is clear evidence of contact is made."

A group of fifty scientists trying therefore to rules and agreements. This explains the Rose perfectly the division of humanity exposed. A dissident Russian scientist, Alexander Zaitsev, it completely against the wishes of SETI in their own messages and music sent to the universe. In America something is strictly prohibited. But the arm of the West goes far. This is evident as this chief scientist of the Russian Academy of Sciences now denying entry into the radio telescope in Evpatoria, Russia. Since 1969, he was a faithful visitor.

Great is the English professor emeritus IT Ollongren Alexander, creator of Lingua Cosmica. Ollongren reads in his living room Leidsekruisstraat the rules of a perfect logical astro language. Incomprehensible to the layman, but quite ready for a good intelligent other. The Rose: "After the premiere, there was a man who said to me that he was sorry that this clip was so short. He verstond fine. Later I saw him in an animated conversation with the professor. "

The sympathetic SETI scientists are happy with his film The Rose. "They are already happy with all the attention that their research receives. But they are more than kind, since all connected to the Academy of Astronauts in Paris. Definitely a serious institution. "

How we prepare for the ultimate alien demonstrates a discovery of ourselves as humanity and our planet. Philosophical, theological considerations but also by the film veins. For example, as head of the SETI Institute, Jill Tarter says that an alien civilization offers hope. "It must be great than we are different because they are independent of us have developed. The differences between them and us, our differences and disagreements may be trivial. "For the Roman Catholic church is extraterrestrial intelligence in any case no objection, says philosopher Paolo Musso. "They are created by God. Their salvation through Jesus is perhaps a problem, but maybe not. Maybe they have their own reincarnation Christ. "

Who spoke?
The Rose: "In this world, every civilization has its own merits addressed. The Roman Empire was no more than a thousand years. Once we threatened to violence and disagreement as to go. The idea is if we come into contact with an advanced civilization millions of years, it must have been peaceful. Otherwise you do not live as long. This idea can give people hope. "

Laurance Doyle, astronomer and SETI researcher, quotes Carl Sagan: "Aliens who look to our planet, will see that we have nuclear weapons. They probably think: 'Tsjonge what paranoid. If they then find out that the missiles are directed at us, they realize the stupidity of it. So what happened to these people on? "

Doyle to investigate the communications of humpback whales. "Until we hardly understand, it is perhaps not the time for contact with extraterrestrial intelligence." For the Rose is that the moral of the film: "If we do not succeed with each other here on earth to communicate, then we are still not ready for something bigger. For something of extraterrestrial origin. "

Is the Russian Zaitsev perhaps an outsider who does not want to keep to the agreements of SETI, the real problem of the film is that there is a disagreement is who to speak to contact. Scientists are still in conversation with each other how they should wash pig, and the Russian speaking out of turn.

When asked whether they ever reach, De Roos replied: "No.. That is beautiful. It is what characterizes our world. However, there is now version three of the Protocol to the United Nations. But before that the bureaucratic mill, and everyone's approval ... "

Where to see?
ET is Calling March 22 and appeared in the movie theaters in the Best of IDFA on Tour program Cinema Delicatessen.
You can watch this documentary here:
CALLING E.T. | A documentary film by Prosper de Roos

Director Prosper de Roos studied at the School of Photography in The Hague and at the Art Academy St. Joost in Breda. The films that De Roos writes and directs characterized by an unusual choice of subject and approach. Some titles, in addition Calling ET are Auto, 25/01/95, Lorenzo & Daniel, A Night with Michael.

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