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Arecibo Message

Ever since I received the first transmission, I’ve been thinking more and more about a possible reply. Firing radio waves into space is certainly¬†something mankind has been inadvertently doing since the invention of radio. And occasionally on purpose. On November 16, 1974 when the so-called “Arecibo message” was broadcast from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to globular star cluster Messier 13, many doomsayers warned that the transmission would herald an alien invasion.

I would be remiss if I did not consider the possible consequences of sending a high powered reply back to the origin of these transmissions. Especially given the potential they have to send (at least) radio frequencies through time, which isn’t entirely far-fetched (Google the word “retrocausality”). If they can do this, then perhaps they have the power to send living things backward as well. Perhaps this “distress” signal is nothing more than highly advanced tackle designed to snare intelligent life so some glowing, fish-headed, alien race can fillet us and turn our cities into fish ponds.

Or perhaps not. Perhaps and perhaps not a million infinity.¬†What the hell. I’m going to go ahead and send it. This Friday. At 18:57:09.