(Original images copyright 2001: Crop Circle Connection).
|On Sunday, August 19, 2001, a very interesting crop formation appeared (see illustration, left) within a wheat field near near Wherwell, Hampshire, England. It appeared on the grounds of the Chilbolton radio telescope facility, a site of some previous interesting formations. If the new one is not a hoax-and there are ways to definitely find out, which are underway-then its implications are profound-we are engaged in public two-way communication with nearby off-planet intelligence, and everything needs to be reassessed. This article reviews what the public should know about this crop formation and its implications.|
Before we launch into details, facts, and analyses, let us first set down the ground rules--what to expect from those who will participate in this debate. I am reminded of economist John Kenneth Galbraith, who once said, "When faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." Many people have carefully constructed houses of cards that will collapse when it is accepted that we are in communication with off-planet intelligence. Overnight they would be non-experts, spokespersons for outdated, self-serving, incomplete understandings. These people, such as those at SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, are desperately working on their proofs that they don't have to deal with this issue. They have no real ability to actually find ET intelligence that doesn't come in by radio or light waves from some remote star cluster, because light-speed physics is what they understand. Like some forgotten tribe sending smoke signals to Los Angeles without an intelligent response, these limited-perspective earthlings may draw inaccurate conclusions from their lack of response.
No proof is allowed
The established truth defenders will allow no proof that undermines their truth, so as we expose their lies, do not put too much emphasis on precision, footnotes, and logic. It will make no difference. Everything that can be presented will be debunked. No proof will be allowed. All film is doctored. All witnesses are crazy. Land a flying saucer on the White House lawn and it will be a Steven Spielberg publicity stunt. There is not enough time left to convince anyone who refuses to recognize the truth when they see it. As Einstein said, "We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility." So we will do our best and go forward, regardless of the debunkers.
There is a useful principle that scientists use when it serves their interests to do so. It is called Okkam's Razor, and it boils down to accepting the simplest plausible explanation-bring in no excess baggage. In practice, however, it often means accepting the alternative that requires the fewest changes in your preset opinion, which may be fundamentally flawed in many ways. In this article we will appeal to Okkam in the way he intended, viz., we will look at alternative interpretations of the Chilbolton formation and choose as our working definition of the truth the explanation that fits the available data in the cleanest, simplest way.
This story begins with Frank Drake and Carl Sagan and their jointly designed message to the stars, which was broadcast with a power of a trillion watts into the heavens November 16, 1974, from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, where Frank Drake was Director. He authored the so-called Drake equation, exposed as a seriously limited conceptualization in the pages of Contact Forum in 1996 (see Sagan's Cosmos Revisited). The equation tried to prove that we are in effect alone in the universe, because any life that might be out there is too far away to get here, and civilizations don't live long enough to contact each other. Careful examination of Drake's flawed assumptions showed that the model merely mirrored his a priori opinions and was not an unbiased tool for assessing the likelihood of contacting ET intelligence. It is fitting that Drake is now Chairman of the Board of the SETI Institute. It is important to know what part of the field the players are in.
The Arecibo message can be represented as a simple graphic array consisting of 73 rows of 23 columns each. (See illustration below) Each cell in this matrix is either on (1) or off (0). Prime numbers were selected for the dimensions of the matrix, numbers which might be easily guessed by any intelligent radio-reading recipients. The ons and offs were simple shifts of the signal between two frequencies in the 2,380 MHz band. It took three minutes to send the message in a narrow beam 2 arcminutes wide, which is roughly 1/15th the diameter of the full moon.
|The beam was aimed at globular star cluster M13, some 22,800 light years away and consisting of some 300,000 stars in the constellation of Hercules. Now, 27 years later, the beam is 158 trillion miles away, in an ever-expanding beam that is now 95 million miles wide. In another 22,773 years or so, it should get to its target, and if the residents there, if any, respond immediately by radio signal, we should expect the reply in the year 47574. The message in the Chilbolton field did not come from M13 by radio waves.||
The content of the message provided basic information about human life on Earth-which planet we are on in our solar system, what we generally look like, how tall we are, how many of us there are, the kind of instrument we sent the message with, the basic chemical building blocks of our genetics, and the helical spiral structure of our DNA.
As can be seen in the illustration, the Arecibo message (see illustration, below) begins with a definition of the binary number counting system, the most basic of all counting systems. To count in binary, count as you normally would, but skip over any number that is not entirely comprised of ones and zeros. Thus it's not 1,2,3,4,5.... It's 1,10,11,100,101....
|The Arecibo transmission in its original orientation included accurate codings of the binary number system along the top, followed by the atomic numbers of primary elements of life, Hydrogen, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Phosphorus. Next is the chemical composition of the nucleotides that make up our DNA. The number in each column counts its presence in the nucleotide. Rumors that there were errors in this section of the transmission, intended to trip up hoaxers, are unfounded.|
Following this area is a representation of DNA's double-helical structure, and below it is a stick figure representing the human being's form. On the right side of the human figure is the binary number that counts the human population on Earth, and on the left side is the binary number that represents an average human's height. Below the human is a representation of our solar system, with the sun at left, and the nine planets stretched out beside it. The third rock from the sun is elevated, indicating which one we occupy. At the bottom of the array is a representation of the Arecibo radio telescope and its diameter. For a good explanation of this code, see The Arecibo Message Decoded.
The recent formation at Chilbolton is only the most recent of a series of interesting patterns that have occurred there. Either the hoaxers find it a convenient pallet, or the previous patterns might be relevant to an on-going stream of information. A review of the events there is in order.
1999 Chilbolton crystal formation
In 1999 a beautiful crystalline shape was found in the Chilbolton field. An artist's rendition of it appears at the left. Some thought is was just fractal geometry, one of a series of crop formations that have exquisitely demonstrated some of the beauties of recursive algorithms. But in light of the following discussion on Silicon, it is not outside the realm of possiblity that the pattern has something to do with crystalline structure of some form of Silicon.
|In 2000 a symmetric pattern of multiply interlocked circles appeared at Chilbolton. (See photograph, left.) Some thought it was merely crop grafitti, but in light of the possible interpretation of the Chilbolton Code, it may be important to observe that in the same place where the Arecibo signal had a representation of the instrument we used to broadcast the signal, the Chilbolton pattern has a simplified binary representation of something that has similar characteristics to this 2000 formation. It is possible that the received pattern may reference back to this design, which in turn may be a representation of a technology beyond our knowledge, an advanced method of communication, perhaps, or even a device for making crop formations.|
|A week before the Chilbolton Code formation appeared, an eerie face image appeared in the field, not far from where the Code was to appear. (See illustration, left.) From ground level it looked like an undecipherable mess. The image was created almost like a newspaper photograph, with dots in various sizes giving an impression of depth when viewed from a distance. When a helicopter passed overhead, the image became perceivable. It is an odd image, vaguely reminiscent of the infamous Face on Mars. (See illustration, right.) Both images seem basically rectangular. If the bottom of the Chilbolton Code refers to the 1999 formation for more detail, the center of the Code, where one can see what appears to be a large-headed humanoid, may refer to the near-by face image for more detail. If this is the case, then the senders of the message sent along a snap shot.|
Crop formation researcher Paul Vigay has visited the formation
and had this to say: "The actual quality of the [Code] formation
on the ground was remarkably good. However, it did appear to have
been flattened in terms of a grid -- i.e., going across the formation
and down the formation. The nearby 'face' formation was more elaborate
in terms of the ground lay, as each individual circle appeared
to have been swirled separately to the rest of the formation,
indicated by a smooth swirl of crop around each circle, instead
of being brushed across the formation, forming pathways between
However, both formations would represent an immense effort required in order to portray what we see in the field and from the air. To create either within the constraints of a few hours of darkness is extremely impressive irrespective of their origin; terrestrial or extra-terrestrial." For more, see The Chilbolton 'Arecibo Message' Formation.
|The Chilbolton Code formation looks very much like the one broadcast by earthlings in 1974, but there are some differences. As mentioned earlier, the image of the Arecibo Telescope has been replaced by a totally different pattern, and the human has been modified by a stick figure that, while humanoid, has a far larger head. The building block elements now include Silicon, atomic weight 14, in addition to the original elements listed.|
There is now an extra strand on the right side of the DNA double-helix. and another, less obvious, change is in the binary coding of the number of nucleotides in DNA itself (in the center). Human genome has 4,293,917,614, or nearly 4.3 billion nucleotide sequences, while the mystery genome sequence has 4,294,966,190, or 1,048,576 (one million) more nucleotide sequences than human DNA.
|Finally, the diagram that depicts our solar system has been replaced with another that still has nine worlds, but planets 3 through 5 are lifted, and the last is drawn larger than the others or perhaps represents multiple inhabited moons. The fact that Jupiter's moons are highlighted in a special diamond shape (see illustration, right) should actually give SETI a way out of their self-created embarassment. They have been saying for a while now that there is water and heat on Europa, and that some of the other Jovian moons are good candidates for life. Perhaps they are right about this, although they may still be surprised to find something there beyond algae.||
Thanks: Robin van Spaandonk
If the Code is real, and if the lifting of a planet in this series indicates inhabitation by intelligent life, and if the Code is talking about our solar system, then it may be saying that life exists on Earth, Mars, and the moons of Jupiter. Regarding the possibility of life on Mars, Hungarian scientists in September, 2001, announced that they have found evidence of living organisms on Mars, based upon analysis of 60,000 photographs taken by the Mars Global Surveyor probe. The three-man team said the pictures showed evidence of thousands of dark dune spots, similar to organisms found near Earth's South Pole, in craters in Mars' snowy southern polar region. These spots indicate that on the surface below the ice there are such organisms which, by absorbing solar energy, are able to melt the ice and create conditions of life for themselves. (See Hungarians Claim Evidence of Life on Mars) If any life exists on mars, then the possibility of more advanced life there, perhaps below the surface to avoid meteorites, is greatly enhanced.
|The oceans beneath the crusty exteriors of several Jovian moons could hold the raw materials required to sustain life, according to a recent study. Observations from NASA's Galileo probe indicate that sister satellites Callisto, Ganymede and particularly Europa have subsurface oceans with more saltwater than Earth. The research is published in the June 15, 2001, issue of Science. For more information see Possible Life on Jupiter's Moons.|
As the Arecibo message was sent in linear sequence, one bit after the other, there is no given rightness or wrongness to the mirror image of the transmission. The mirror image was printed in Carl Sagan's Cosmos and in many other textbooks, and yet the original orientation (right) is used in the field at Chilbolton.
Whether one interprets the code from right to left or left to right is entirely up to the receiver, and anyone who claims to know the orientation used by off-planet civilizations is clearly speculating. To the right is the Arecibo original message, in its intended orientation, with the population block to the right of the figure.
There seem to be four primary alternative explanations for all this, to which we can apply Okkam's razor: pranksters, conspirators, Earth energies, and non-human intelligence. Let's look at the assumptions required for each one in a little more detail, now that we have reviewed the evidence.
1. Doug & Dave hoax
To fit this hypothesis to the data, we have only to assume the following:
Local persistent pranksters, known locally as Doug and Dave, have for years been repeatedly invading the perimeters around the Chilbolton observatory, in the dark to conduct dangerous, outrageous and pointless pranks, blindly crushing plants in precise designs according to complex designs that reflect esoteric understandings of the binary number system, chemistry, nucleotide sequences of DNA, variable-dot image representation, and astrophysics.
A common argument used by advocates of this hypothesis is known as the "Van Gogh syllogism." It goes like this: it can be proven that good artists have on occasions faked paintings by Van Gogh. Because Van Gogh can be faked, we can deduce that not only did Van Gogh never live and never paint, but any paintings ascribed to him can be assumed to also have been faked. Applying this reasoning to the crop formations says that if a single crop formation can be shown to have been faked, then all crop formations are fake. Historically, however, the unbiased person must admit that there is strong evidence than Van Gogh actually lived and painted.
(I won't argue with anyone who chooses this alternative, for as Confucius said, "To argue with a fool shows that there are two.")
2. Covert Government Conspiracy
To fit this hypothesis to the data, we have only to assume the following:
The covert international world government, seeing that the UFO cover-up is breaking down and is about to expose them as bald-faced liars, is now using black-budget high technology to create these crop formations so as to set up the ufology movement for a big fall, thus ensuring that the covert government controls the eventual contact with off-planet intelligence and is able to decide for the rest of us what side we will ally with and what deals we will strike.
Somewhere in the discussion here, it must be observed that recent (July 31, 2001) scientific research published in a refereed journal finds that the node-lengthening characteristics found in the crops inside circular, non-hoaxed crop formations vary directly according to the distance from the center of the formation. These characteristics, which indisputably differentiate between hoaxed and authentic formations, would suggest that a technology of some sort has been used. Whether it is black-budget humans or black-space aliens using the technology is another question. For more information, see Scientific Studies "Confirm Crop Circles Are Made By Balls Of Light."
(I won't argue with anyone who chooses the interpretation that a covert governement conspiracy is behind all this, either, but it must be remembered, as S. Gilbert once said, "From the bottom of any large organization looking up through the ranks, human greed and stupidity look a lot like a conspiracy.")
3. Gaian dreams
To fit this hypothesis to the data, we have only to assume the following: The Earth is a living being known by some as Gaia. She breathes through lungs of Amazon rain forests, and her lifeblood flows in veins and arteries we call rivers and oceans. When she gets hot she puts up clouds to cool herself. When she gets sick, such as when rabbits overpopulate, her immune system kicks in by creating a population explosion of coyotes and hawks. Gaia may dream, and with the power of the mind being what it is, Gaian dreams may manifest in reality, swirling into beautiful radiance in fields of wheat. This hypothesis seems to me to fit the data better when the patterns are circular, symmetrical and full of beauty. It is harder for me to conceive of Gaian Earth energy dream patterns replicating 27-year-old binary signals sent out from radio telescopes.
4. Communication with Non-Human intelligence
To fit this hypothesis to the data, we have only to assume the following:
Non-human intelligent life is contacting us.
4. A. Flesh-and-blood alien beings
In this interpretation, beings not unlike ourselves are responding to us. These beings may have gray skin, big heads, and small bodies, but they are living three-dimensional animals, like us. Perhaps they absorb nutrients through their skins. Perhaps they breathe in using one side of their lungs while they exhale using the other side. Such beings probably have finite life expectancies, as we do. But they would be physical, and would be similar to us in many ways, giving us some hope that we could find common ground on which to share information. They would use technology to travel through space to visit us. Being more advanced, such beings might be expected to know how to be invisible, how to pass through solid walls, how to collect, examine, tag and return specimens of Earth species such as Homo sapiens, while erasing human memories of such events. It can be inferred that such beings do not intend to destroy humanity, because they have had the opportunity and they have not done so. Perhaps the are waiting for us to do it.
4. B. Higher-dimensional beings from HU-2
Dimensions Harmonic Universe # Density Type 1-2-3 HU-1 Carbon-based biology physical matter-1 4-5-6 HU-2 Carbon-Silica-based biology physical matter-2 7-8-9 HU-3 Silica-based biology Etheric matter 10-11-12 HU-4 Crystalline liquid-light based biology Pre-matter 13-14-15 HU-5 Standing wave pattern flame or fire body Ante-Matter
From Ashayana Deane: Angelic Realities
Granite Publishing 2001
See also: Voyagers II, 2nd Edition,
Granite Publishing, 2001
In this interpretation, science has a lot to learn, being stuck in three dimensions plus time, whereas reality is comprised of a prolifically populated 15-dimensional time matrix, collected into five sets of three dimensions each called harmonic universes. (See illustration.) Earth, being relatively Neanderthal on a cosmic scale, resides in Harmonic Universe One (HU-1), where science rules and life is based upon carbon-based organic chemistry as we know it. The next higher harmonic universe is called HU-2, where life processes are based upon Carbon-Silica-based biology. HU-3 is inhabited by Silica-based biological beings living in etheric matter. HU-4 is inhabited by crystalline liquid-light beings existing in Pre-Matter, and HU-5 is occupied by pure-energy beings living in Ante-matter. All the entities we know of as ETs, astral spirits, angels, archangels, and the like, live and proliferate in these various harmonic universes. The higher universes can see down into the lower universes. The originators of the Chilbolton Code formation, identifying themselves as having a Carbon-Silica-based biological system, are most likely our neighbors from HU-2. This fascinating cosmology has been popularized by Ashayana Deane's Voyagers series of books, which many people consider to be one of the highest, clearest, most detailed sources of cosmological wisdom and insight on the planet at this time.
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