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Unread postAuthor: Bluetooth » Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:36 pm

Tell them the volume control on their radio turns clockwise to get louder and clock wise is right and left is the other way or tell them to draw the letter L and then tell them the bottom part of the L is pointing right.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:31 pm

You guys are all missing the point. You dont know anything about the aliens, or how anything they use/have is set up. Thusly, it is impossible to tell them how to differentiate between left and right based on the objects around them.
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:52 pm

Did you even read my post? :x
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Unread postAuthor: Cao314159 » Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:06 pm

Yes, but are they looking at the USA oriented north, south, east or west?
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:26 am

benstern wrote:Did you even read my post? :x


Yep, and...

1. How are they supposed to know which land mass is noth america?
2. How are they supposed to know what we refer to as concave and convex? They would obviously have to have some comprehension of the english language in order to understand your initial instructions, but they obviously do not have full comprehension, as they are not familiar with side designations.
3. Since the universe has no specified top or bottom, they could be looking at north america from several different perspectives.
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Unread postAuthor: )DEMON( » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:41 am

Why the hell would you need to explain left and right? If you really had to you could do so by the position of the planets in orbit at that moment.

But all you really need to do is direct them to make simple gloves, the same on both sides, top and bottom. Then all they need to do is make two of those. It wouldn't matter which one they picked up, it could fit on the left or the right hand.
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Unread postAuthor: killagorrila99 » Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:28 am

You tell them to get there ass to earth and get a bloody education.

)DEMON( wrote:But all you really need to do is direct them to make simple gloves, the same on both sides, top and bottom. Then all they need to do is make two of those. It wouldn't matter which one they picked up, it could fit on the left or the right hand.


But what if they have 3 hands? then there screwed.
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Unread postAuthor: joannaardway » Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:33 am

Tell them the volume control on their radio turns clockwise to get louder and clock wise is right and left is the other way or tell them to draw the letter L and then tell them the bottom part of the L is pointing right.

All of the comments about clockwise have the same issue - their clocks/dials could go backwards relative to ours.

And they don't have to have any idea how to write our language to understand speech. There are enough illiterate people on the planet that can do that.

About looking at North America: They don't know which land mass is north america, and imagine they look at it upside down - Now they've got the wrong answer.

It's indenably a difficult question to answer. As a clue - You're all thinking too big...
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Unread postAuthor: Recruit » Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:40 am

Tell them to look at the patern. :D 8)
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:31 pm

joannaardway wrote:How do you successfully explain it so that they are guaranteed to get the right glove?


Do you mean right as in correct or right as the direction?
Can't they just keep trying on their gloves until they fit? And how did you tell them how to make a glove without knowing how many fingers they have etc?
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:40 pm

well, if they cant understand anything (what is what I'm getting from the above posts) how the heck would they understand the instructions you gave them to make the glove? :x
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Unread postAuthor: joannaardway » Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:55 am

I could give instructions to make a pair of gloves without the requirement of right and left, using instead, "on one side" and "on the other".

You just get them to make one, and then tell them to make a mirror image.

However, you don't know which glove they made first.

The making of the glove is not the problem.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:03 pm

how do they know what a mirror image is?
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:03 pm

You guys are shitten me! The alein has built a freaking space craft and flew it within radio contact of earth and understud a earthleans instructins on how to make a pair of gloves! And the question is how to tell him witch glove is the right hand one? They don't need gloves, they where smart enough to build a heater!
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:06 pm

Shouldnt they already have gloves?
Anyway jrrdw is right but thats not the point of this exersize,its to show how hard it is to explain left and right...not hard at all but everytime we get it right joanna says they dont know how to do that. :x
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