An intelligible archive in geosynchronous orbit, and cognitive semiotics research experiment, developed for practical outreach and engagement within the long term conservation of ‘essential’ planetary stewardship information.

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COMPANION GUIDE TO EARTH

 

The 'Companion Guide to Earth' is a highly-collaborative introductory, micro-etched archive which is developed as an experimental testing ground to support practical experimentation within deep-time archaeology and communication strategies. Please browse the 'Companion Guide' below.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Mass:             ~0.1821 kg

Diameter:      ~32 mm

Weight:          0.4015 lb

Materials:       Hemispheres  -  Space-Grade Aluminium

                        Protective Shell  -  Alkali-Aluminosilicate

                        Disc  -  Nickel Composite

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ABOUT THE COMPANION GUIDE TO EARTH

As a practical, interdisciplinary exercise in preserving the comprehension of protracted ‘waste’ legacies, and maintaining long-term record retention of this material over intervals of geological time, the foundation is committed to developing a micro-etched 'Companion Guide to Earth' for geosynchronous orbit; an artefact that will serve as an experimental platform for exploring baseline communication of ‘essential’ resources for deep-time archaeology and planetary stewardship applications.


The long-term communication of 'essential' information is of moral and ethical interest to a number of global stewardship entities including bioethics observatories, climate/ biosphere regulators, planetary protection authorities, and hazardous waste custodians, as well as international communities who wish to preserve artifices of cultural heritage for the benefit of their descendants; records which should be responsibly committed to multi-generational memory for the long-term sustainability of our common home. Humanity is now authoring this indelible legacy of Earth through the many pioneering artefacts that enable protracted record-retention (such as the archives of our partnering organisations Memory of Mankind, the Long Now Foundation and Arch Mission Foundation) and other personalised ‘gestures to eternity’. However, the creation of appropriate 'primers' that may be commensurable to our [biological or culturally] distant recipients is largely underexplored and necessitates intensive cooperation across disciplines that may otherwise seem unconnected.

 

To investigate the varying strata of this multidisciplinary challenge, the foundation is collaboratively compiling an intersubjective 'Companion Guide to Earth' artefact that will be subsequently launched into a stable geocentric orbit; an introductory archive which will serve as a practical testing ground for exploring communication strategies while also addressing some of the long-held assumptions about our species' communication faculties. This inductive, cognitive tool will specifically focus upon correlating [mutual] epistemological properties based upon experienced ‘life-world’ constants while also conserving; useful interrelated elements from the plurality of Earth's cultural heritage, a variety of concise datasets from a multitude of disciplines, and also the locations of additional terrestrial/ celestial vaults of civilisation for further extrapolation – all of which will be micro-etched onto a series of discs and encased within a small 'Earth' capsule before being launched aboard a future geostationary satellite.


his introductory 'Rosetta Stone' and associated ideographic icons are principally developed as a multidisciplinary platform for practically probing the 'incommensurability issue' faced when communicating with hypothesised entities that may not share our epistemological foundations, social or cultural inclinations, cognition, morphology, sense modalities or other properties of convergent evolution, considerations that are frequently explored in SETI literature. As such, this archive will employ intuitive cues, exo-semiotic primers (such as the auxiliary language 'Lincos') alongside corroborating redundancy information and strategic 'activity' testing phases in an attempt to understand and mitigate telluric partiality embedded within deep time and interstellar communicative activities, as well as supporting investigations into alternative primer strategies.

It is acknowledged that this Companion Guide to Earth artefact will likely never be recovered from Geosynchronous orbit. Despite this, the simple creative exercise aims to promote long-term thinking and stewardship planning, while establishing a suitable platform to further foster research within the semiotics dilemma of conveying information across generations in a legible manner — either through infrequent encounters with space/time-capsule artefacts, or enduring memory-retention strategies.It is acknowledged that this Companion Guide to Earth artefact will likely never be recovered from Geosynchronous orbit. Despite this, the simple creative exercise aims to promote long-term thinking and stewardship planning, while establishing a suitable platform to further foster research within the semiotics dilemma of conveying information across generations in a legible manner — either through infrequent encounters with space/time-capsule artefacts, or enduring memory-retention strategies.

 

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