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58611Re: Contact 1997. The Voyage

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  • William
    Nov 26, 2012
      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <josephson45r@...> wrote:
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      > It's one of my favorite films. What I appreciated about it was that Ellie's experiences were not what she expected and that her only ally ultimately was Minister Joss. When nobody experiences exactly what you experience, you're asking them to believe you and to act on your word. Sometimes it's necessary to believe someone else.
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      > Mary
      >Mary,Can you extrapolate that attitude on to the mystical writings of Dick? I doubt it. I am watching a examination of the 2012 Myan theories. This senario is scaring a good number of people especially those with strong internet connections. I have had long and frequent associations with the Myans and their old culture. Most of the Myans do not even know of the prophecies and there is no uproar in the Myan world. They are building air ports and freeways to speed tourists to their lands to bring more money to their phenominal growth. Go look at the Myan Riviera, does that look like a people planning for obliteration? Now I fear you just liked that pretty boy preacher that jacked with Jodi. It was a good romance and a good sci fi romp. The Myan business seems similar to the millenial scare. That we defend against the nut fringe seems one of our important missions here. I don`t think anyone reads Dick besides Dick. He is like the backboard in basketball. You can bank your ideas off his personal strangeness and score. He does not understand he is being used as the certatude of fanaticism is total. I`ll post after the fact of 2012 or I won`t. I`ll bet on the former. I understand Jodi is lesbian, how defeating that Matthew McConaughy wasted all his charms on one from the other side. Bill
      > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "William" <vize9938@> wrote:
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      > > --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Dick." <somerset_2@> wrote:
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      > > > Contact 1997. The Voyage
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      > > > [ Hello Sir, I must tell you that I like to watch a film again and
      > > > again. The film is: "CONTACT" and it is directed by Robert
      > > > Zameckis. Each time when I watch the film, I feel like being that
      > > > Eleanor Arroway (Jodie Foster). Please, tell us what do you think about
      > > > SETI Institute. Adriana ]
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      > > > Howdy Ma'am. Sorry for the delay in writing back. I did not know
      > > > the movie. I hunted for it on cyberspace and found it, and watched it.
      > > > You asked me what I think about the search for extra terrestrial life
      > > > program. You did not ask me what I thought about the movie.
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      > > > But I will tell you both anyway; plus a bit more. Watching for signals
      > > > from out there must be the most boring job imaginable. But I feel some
      > > > money ought to be spent on it; just in case. And as they say, if we are
      > > > the only ones then what a mighty waste of space. There must be life out
      > > > there somewhere, some when. For we are here are we not.
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      > > > As for the Movie then I thought that it was brilliant, and it sure
      > > > raised all the old questions did it not. So, thanks for the contact, I
      > > > really enjoyed watching it. Best science fiction film I have ever seen.
      > > > Not as good as my novel though. But I know something which they did not
      > > > know. I think you must have read my novel :- )
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      > > > The Journey? I was fortunate enough to take a voyage a long long time
      > > > ago. What I found was that a poet should have gone, not me. But I made
      > > > CONTACT. And I AM with you always. Everything you really need and want
      > > > is with you now, on earth. Treasure it. I do.
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      > > > Proof. I demanded empirical truth of what was true. I got it. I found
      > > > it at the end of the voyage.
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      > > > What proof do I have for you of that? None. Not a thing. What I brought
      > > > back with me you cannot see and I cannot show you. But I got it and I
      > > > use it as best I can, and even if my efforts are feeble. What when you
      > > > hear these words? You can either trust my say so, or not. But you did
      > > > hear them. And I yelled them loud enough for a long time. Even if it
      > > > does echo around the halls of silence.
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      > > > In another movie they asked if their names would be remembered. Such
      > > > nonsense does not interest me. But it would be good if the message was
      > > > heard and remembered.
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      > > > Many thanks, and best wishes.
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      > > > Dick Richardson
      > > > Merlin et all. I was a computer contributer to Seti for eight years. I shared computer time with the SETI folks at Berkley. I must agree with Merlin that it was exceedingly boring as the signals just did not pan out as communications from other intelligent species. It seemed the search was well done but nothing came in. They used interesting soft ware and excellent grafics. Still nothing came in. The problem is distance and the vastness of the universe. They concentrated on stars that showed the possibility of having habitable planets. Many stars are way too hot or way too old but most are too far away to push a radio signal for hundreds of light years. The reason we see things like super novi is because the energy coming from them is of huge magnitude. Our puny civilisation will never produce enough total energy to drive energy light years into free space. You can learn from SETI but probably not what you were looking for. But you might get a idea of the size of the cosmos and that may be more important for your understanding of cosmic possibilities and human smallness. On the cosmic scale we just don`t count.
      > > I have seen the movie Contact many times and it is science fiction. The space machine that Miss Foster rides is presented as a time machine. The energy to propell a small space ship at light speed would take all the energy preduced on earth for many years. So with our present science and present energy production we are not going anywhere in cosmic terms. Our weak transmissions die out in deep space and our listening has found no one with the power to drive a signal to us. If you agree that light deliniates the speed limit of the universe then Contact and Seti are fun things to drink beer and talk about but little else. If you like to get drunk and say"Wow" these are good projects. I just wore out after taking away a concept of size and velocity in the universe. Bill
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