1. The Contact Conference and its Cultures of the Imagination simulation are the inspiration for this simulation. To see how the experts do this - http://www.contact-conference.org/c00b.html
2. Historical examples of first contacts on Earth to keep in mind throughout the simulation include 1) Spanish conquistadors meeting the Native Americans and 2) communication attempts between dolphins and humans and great apes and humans.
3. There are a number of television documentaries on the creation of scientifically plausible aliens on exoplanets which may be found either on their channel’s Web site or YouTube. The best is “Alien Planet (Discovery Channel).” Others include Alien Contact (National Geographic Channel), Alien Earths (National Geographic Channel), Anatomy of An Alien (Discovery Channel), Extraterrestrial (National Geographic Channel) [also known as Alien Worlds on Channel 4], Cosmic Safari (BBC), Journey to an Alien Moon (National Geographic Channel)
4. The original first contact science fiction story was written in 1945 by Murray Leinster and is entitled “First Contact” and is summarized at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Contact_(novelette)
Questions for Further Discussion
What are the ethics of meeting with new cultures + races? How have we done it in the past? How should we do it in the future?
Looking at the history of contacts between human cultures, what are the implications (peaceful / warlike / beneficial / exploitative / etc) for first
contact with aliens?
How would you manage a first contact to allay the fears of Earthlings?
What should a first contact protocol look like?
Proposed Algorithm For Conducting First Contact
Do we have the proper sensors to examine the aliens? – for example are we equipped only with visible light sensors
What are the alien’s senses or receptors?
How do the aliens communicate among themselves?
Do the aliens use multiple channels vs. a single channel of communication?
What is the common ground for greeting? Or approach to them?
What are universal greeting gestures? What are universal greeting taboos?
What are agreeable gestures to them?
What are threatening gestures to them?
What is the approach to the pediatric patient? – You demur
Is it like 2 gangs meeting – stasis, escalation, deescalation?
Is there a way to use a proxy to limit the potential adverse exposure to the entire species / group?
Try to share a gift with them
Try to share your library of knowledge with them
You can only shoot in self-defense