The present chapter, a contribution to discussions on the possible contents of messages for interstellar communication, is concerned with the problem of characterizing in logical terms some essential moralistic aspects of human altruism. The rationale for this is that, once a suitable characterization is achieved and agreed upon, the Lingua Cosmica formulation proposed in this book can be utilized in actual message construction involving altruism. In the present chapter we have collected the LINCOS terms needed—this time in notes at the end of the discourse, enabling “easy reading” of the descriptive parts. We strive to achieve a measure of self-containment in this chapter and therefore collect relevant information on the basics of LINCOS as well.
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