Who Is This For? (with Jon Lomberg)

You guys...wait...This is huge.

Space artist and science journalist Jon Lomberg, co-creator of the original Voyager Golden Record (!!!), joins Caleb and Shelby to talk about his experience putting together humanity's epitaph, which left Earth in 1977.

Jon offers his take on aliens, behind the scene stories, and how to comprehend yourself at the scale of the universe.

Jon's own personal Golden Record is expansive and comprises as many genres of world music as possible, including (but not limited to):

  • Hawaiian slack key or vocals, like “Ho’olauna Aloha” Teresa Bright from her album Self Portrait

  • Celtic music
  • Middle Eastern music
  • Flamenco
  • Inuit throat singing
  • Tibetan chants
  • Musical Theater
  • Marching Band
  • Michael Jackson
  • Afrojazz
  • K-pop

With hypothetical new technology since the original records, Jon would also include Earth's favorite molecules for the ETs, like caffeine and THC, as well as the smell of of roses and the taste of mango. Software like Tetris is on the table now, too.

You can learn more about Jon at his website www.jonlomberg.com, where you'll find his original artwork as well as links to his lectures and writings.

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