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PHOTO BOOK; "Life in the Universe"/ One thing to Represent the Human Race


jpsmyth 7 / 21 2  
Sep 9, 2013   #1
Stephen Hawking asked the question, "What is the probability of life existing elsewhere in the universe?" in his public lecture, "Life in the Universe." If life does, in fact, exist elsewhere in the universe and you could send one thing to represent the human race, what would it be and why would you choose it?

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If one thing could be sent to an extraterrestrial life force elsewhere in the universe, I think that a photo book would be an effective way to represent the human race. This book would consist of a series of photos that depicts the following basic concepts: diversity of the human race, our accomplishments and advances, and the planet that we occupy. The photos would not be of just one item specifically, but have many different characteristics of our race integrated into each picture. Firstly, the photo series should include people of all ethnicities and cultures. The human race is by no means uniform, so the photos should include people from all walks of life, ranging from businessmen in suits, to Buddhist monks in traditional robes. Our methods of transportation should be featured as well. Planes, trains, automobiles, ships, and space shuttles are a great indication of how advanced our technology is. Architectural meccas including Manhattan, Tokyo, and Dubai not only display the incredible capabilities of man, but also depict the urban lifestyle of billions of people. However, the photos should include more than just highly developed and industrialized settings. They should include all of the natural features of our planet; different landscapes and climates, terrestrial and aquatic environments, seasonal change, even day and night. Although pictures can't display everything there is to know about us, some concepts can be inferred from the photos, such as the fact that we use language and text as forms of communication, utilize radio signals to interconnect with one another, and are highly social organisms in general. The human race is so diverse and complex, it would be difficult to truly represent us in our entirety, but I think that a photo book would be a great start.

I know this is rough, I just wrote it to get my ideas down as I was thinking of them. Can anybody help me with some input on wording/structuring? Thanks
yycho0426 5 / 13 2  
Sep 14, 2013   #2
Very good structure and idea. What is this essay for?
dumi 1 / 6,927 1592  
Sep 28, 2013   #3
photo book

.... book or album? If it's an album it would deal only with the photos :)

The photos would not be of just one item specifically, but have many different characteristics of our human race integrated into each picture.

The human race is by no means uniform, so the photos should include people from all walks of life, ranging from businessmen in suits, to Buddhist monks in traditional robes etc.

... how about social disparities? rich and the poor? for examples, royals and beggars?

Our methods of transportation should be featured as well. Planes, trains, automobiles, ships, and space shuttles are a great indication of how advanced our technology is.

These photos should be able to provide a glimpse of our technological advancement in various fields including the progress we have made in the space too.


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