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contact (kòn´tàkt´) noun
1. a. A coming together or touching, as of objects or surfaces. b. The state or condition of touching or of immediate proximity: Litmus paper turns red on contact with an acid.
2. a. Connection or interaction; communication: in contact with the right people. b. Visual observation: The pilot made contact with the ship. c. Association; relationship: came into contact with new ideas at college.
3. A person who might be of use; a connection.
a. A connection between two conductors that permits a flow of current.
b. A part or device that makes or breaks such a connection.
5. Medicine. A person recently exposed to a contagious disease, usually through close association with an infected individual.
6. A contact lens.
contacted, contacting, contacts (kòn´tàkt´, ken-tàkt´) verb, transitive
1. To bring or put in contact.
2. To get in touch with; communicate with: "This past January I was contacted by a lawyer who said he needed my help" (Elizabeth Loftus).
To be in or come into contact.
1. Of, sustaining, or making contact.
2. Caused or transmitted by touching: a contact skin rash.
[Latin contâctus, from past participle of contingere, to touch : com-, com- + tangere, to touch.]
- contac´tual (ken-tàk´ch¡-el) adjective
- contac´tually adverb
film _Contact_ (vhs/ntsc) starring Jodie Foster. based on the only fictional book written by Carl Sagan
"Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging
a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyper
and extremely alien...What
is driving religious feeling [today] is a wish for contact [with that] Other."
- _Terence McKenna_
The main problem with searching for extraterrestrials is to recognize them. Time is so vast and evolutionary strategies and environments so varied that the trick is to know that contact is being made at all. - _Archaic Revival_ p.42
It is only the conceit of the scientific and postindustrial societies that allows us to even propound some of the questions that we take to be so important. For instance, the question of contact with extraterrestrials is a kind of red herring premised upon a number of assumptions that a moment's reflection will show are completely false. To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant. And yet, this has been chosen as the avenue by which it is assumed contact is likely to occur. Meanwhile, there are people all over the world -- psychics, shamans, mystics, schizophrenics -- whose heads are filled with information, but it has been ruled a priori irrelevant, incoherent, or mad. Only that which is validated through consensus via certain sanctioned instrumentalities will be accepted as a signal. The problem is that we are so inundated by these signals -- these otherdimensions -- that there is a great deal of noise in the circuit.
McKenna - _Tryptamine Hallucinogens
Executive: We must confess that your proposal seems less like science and more like science fiction.
Dr. Ellie Arroway: Science fiction. You're right,
it's crazy. In fact, it's even worse than that, it's nuts. You wanna hear
something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something
called an airplane, you know you get people to go in, and fly
around like birds, it's ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the
sound barrier, or rockets to the moon?
Atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all
I'm asking is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know,
to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a
chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful
moment for humanity, for the history... of history.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Carl Sagan (story) and Ann Druyan
Genre: Drama / Sci-Fi / Romance
Tagline: The Academy Award-winning director of "Forrest Gump" and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Contact" take you on a journey to the heart of the universe.
Plot Outline: Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Jena Malone ....Young Ellie
David Morse ....Ted Arroway
Jodie Foster .... Ellie Arroway
Geoffrey Blake .... Fisher
William Fichtner .... Kent
Sami Chester .... Vernon
Timothy McNeil .... Davio
Laura Elena Surillo .... Cantina Woman
Matthew McConaughey .... Palmer Joss
Tom Skerritt .... David Drumlin
Henry Strozier .... Minister
Michael Chaban .... Hadden Suit
Max Martini .... Willie
Larry King (I) .... Himself
Thomas Garner .... Ian Broderick
MPAA: Rated PG for some intense
action, mild language
and a scene of sensuality.
Runtime: USA:153 / UK:143 / Australia:144 / Germany:143 /New Zealand:150 / Sweden:150
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix: DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS
Certification: USA:PG / UK:PG / Finland:K-12/9 / Germany:12 (bw) /Australia:M / Norway:7 / Sweden:7 / Netherlands:AL / Belgium:KT