IF I make contact, then the first thing I’m going to do is demonstrate my sentience. I can do so by demonstrating basic geometric principles. I won’t share symbols for language with them like letters or numbers, but they will know how to count dots. They WILL understand geometry because it’s a basic skill needed to build a spaceship. They WILL understand the shape of a triangle, and by arranging dots that can be counted on different sides I can demonstrate an understanding of the Pythagorean Theorem. Once they know that I comprehend basic geometry they can make several assumptions about other basic skills I have, hopefully most of which will be correct. Even if they are so much smarter than me that I seem like a dumb animal to them, it is highly likely that a more evolved society will have a standard for ethics when dealing with lower life forms. They will likely have tested other species for demonstrations of intelligence before, much like how we attempted to teach gorillas sign language. I must remain calm and avoid showing ANY displays of movement, stance, or facial expression that may be incidentally be interpreted as a standard for aggressive behavior where they are from. I have more on this kind of stuff thought out but it seems excessive for a post on /lounge/ when I don’t even know if anyone is interested.
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