Is there somebody out there? 6.21.05

The New Copernican Revolution

MIHINDUKULASURIYA Susantha Fernando

New evidence makes it highly likely that life is abundant in the universe.

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Is there somebody out there?

BY MIHINDUKULASURIYA Susantha Fernando

This article is about the next "Copernican revolution" - the
realization that humanity is not alone in the universe.

Just a couple of years ago, conventional astronomical wisdom
held that the formation of life is such an unlikely event that
humanity is almost certainly the only intelligent species in the
universe.

But with the recent discovery of extrasolar planetary systems,
and the realization that life might exist or have existed
elsewhere in our own solar system (on Mars and beneath the icy
crust of Jupiter's moon Europa), the odds have dramatically
shifted in favour of life.

If life arose independently on another body in our solar system,
and planetary systems are the rule, not the exception, then life
must be abundant in the universe. And that means that
intelligent life could be abundant in the universe.

So why do many serious scientists reject the idea that aliens
could be visiting the earth? Because according to conventional
wisdom, interstellar travel is simply not feasible. However, the
same thing was said about flying in the 19th century, and
nuclear power was declared impossible just a few years before it
became a reality.

History teaches us that when physicists complacently lean back
and declare such-and-such to be an impossibility, a major
revolution might be right around the corner.

Today, two such revolutions are in the making. The first is free
energy. Quantum physics teaches us that the vacuum is far from
being empty. On the contrary, it holds great amounts of energy -
the so-called zero-point energy. So far, it has been the
prevailing orthodoxy in physics that this energy cannot be
tapped.

However, some physicists believe differently. Nuclear physicist
Tom Bearden has designed a functioning prototype of a device he
calls the Motionless Electomagnetic Generator that produces
electrical energy from the vacuum.

Bearden and his Alabama company, Magnetic Energy Limited, are
currently looking for investors to develop and mass-produce the
invention, which is proving to be a formidable obstacle, since
major investment companies are not eager to develop a technology
that could single- handedly destroy whole industries.

Once the MEG, or a similar device is commercially available,
human civilization will be transformed virtually overnight.
Providing clean energy in abundance, without fuel needs or
exhausts, free energy devices will solve many of our most urgent
global problems. They will end the environmental destruction
caused by cars, planes and fossil-fuel burning power plants.

They will provide developing countries with the energy to
develop, but without the environmental and health penalties that
the developed countries have paid, and are still paying. And
even more important: they will give us 'the freedom of the solar
system'.

Our current space activities are held back by a lack of compact,
but powerful energy source. On the surface of the earth, we sit
at the bottom of a deep gravity well, and it takes enormous
amounts of energy to get things into orbit.

Introduce abundant energy into the equation, and humanity will
have the freedom of the solar system. Even interstellar travel
would become a practical reality, for travel at relativistic
speeds would no longer be energy-prohibitive.

In fact, NASA is taking this idea and others like it very
seriously, as you can convince yourself by visiting NASA's
Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Programme.

The bottom line is: for a highly advanced extraterrestrial
culture, interstellar travel could be as trivial as an
intercontinental flight for us. That is why sceptics will always
take refuge to what seems to be a perfect refutation: if aliens
exists, and interstellar travel is possible, why aren't they
visiting us?

[NOTE: Please refer to The Clearwater Thesis. The probable answer is that the experienced Visitors do not want to disturb our primitive independent evolution.]

In other words, UFOs cannot be extraterrestrial because
interstellar travel is impossible, and interstellar travel is
impossible because otherwise, there would be UFOs of
extraterrestrial origin. Scientists should recognize the
circuitous nature of this argument, but all too often, they do
not. Science is not always the objective, impartial endeavour
that it claims to be.

When one considers the sheer amount and consistency of UFO
evidence, i.e., sightings from qualified observers including
highly trained military pilots and radar operators, spanning
over 5 decades, it seems bizarre how an educated, intelligent
person could simply dismiss that accumulated mountain of
evidence for UFOs as "unpersuasive" - unless the said person is
simply unaware of the evidence.

And that is the crux of the UFO matter: the sceptical myth that
there is "not a shred of evidence" (the contrary is true) is
believed by many to be a fact.

One classical example of scientific irrationality is the 1968
Condon Report, a scientific investigation of UFO sightings at
the University of Colorado. The report was commissioned by the
United States Air Force, and headed by physicist Edward U.
Condon. It investigated in detail a total of 59 cases, and found
several of them unexplainable in conventional terms.

The abstract of case 2 (investigation of a Greenwich, 1956
sighting), for example, states: "At least one UFO was tracked by
air traffic control radar (GCA) at two USAF-RAF stations, with
apparently corresponding visual sightings of round, white
rapidly moving objects which changed directions abruptly.

Interception by RAF fighter aircraft was attempted; one aircraft
was vectored to the UFO by GCA radar and the pilot reported
airborne radar contact and radar gunlock. The UFO appeared to
circle around behind the aircraft and followed it in spite of
the pilot's evasive manoeuvres. Contact was broken when the
aircraft returned to base, low on fuel.

The preponderance of evidence indicates the possibility of a
genuine UFO in this case. The weather was generally clear with
good visibility. "Yet UFO sceptic Condon, in his "conclusion and
recommendations", writes that "UFO phenomena do not offer a
fruitful field in which to look for major scientific
discoveries". Such disregard for the actual facts is not
science, it is denial.

To illustrate that many intelligent and credible people have
come to different conclusions, we present the following quotes:

For many years we have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed
on all specialists and astronauts. We can now reveal that every
day, in the USA, radar instruments capture objects of form and
composition unknown to us.

And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of
documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public.
Why? Because the authorities are afraid that people may think of
some kind of horrible invaders. So the password still is: We
have to avoid panic by all means.

Colonel L. Gordon Cooper, Mercury 9, Gemini-5 Astronaut,
addressing a UN panel discussion on UFOs and ETs in New York in
1985:

"I have no firsthand experience, but I have had the opportunity
to meet with people from three countries who, in the course of
their official duties claim to have had personal firsthand
encounter experiences .. with extraterrestrials." (asked if he
thought extraterrestrials have already visited the earth) "From
what I now understand and have experienced and seen the evidence
for, I think the evidence is very strong, and large portions of
it are classified.. by governments."

Dr. Edgar Mitchel, Apollo 14 astronaut, on Dateline NBC, 1996:
"The subject of UFOs is one that has interested me for some long
time. About 10 to 12 years ago I made an effort to find out what
was in the building at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where the
information is stored that has been collected by the Air Force,
and I was understandably denied the request.

It is still classified above Top Secret. I have, however, heard
that there is a plan under way to release some, if not all, of
this material in the near future. I'm just as anxious to see
this material as you are, and I hope we will not have to wait
much long.

Richard F. Haines, retired NASA-Ames scientist and head of the
newly formed National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous
Phenomena (NARCAP) has compiled a report on the impact of
unidentified flying vehicles (which he calls unidentified aerial
phenomena, or UAP) on aviation safety.

In his summary, Haines finds that Documented UAP phenomena have
been seen and reported for at least 50 years by pilots but many
of these reporters have been either ridiculed or instructed not
to report their sighting publicly.

It is long overtdue that the UFO phenomenon be given a serious
public hearing, because behind all the tabloid nonsense, the
greatest discovery of all of human history is just waiting to be
made, or rather, waiting to be brought out into the open.

500 years ago, Copernicus taught us that the earth is not the
center of the physical universe. Today, we are about to learn
that humanity is not the center of the universe of life either.
The result will be a radical change in the way we think of
ourselves and our place in the big scheme of things - maybe too
radical.

Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe, in his book, "A Journey with Fred
Hoyle" describes what the future holds for us, the earth-bound
humans: "Many space missions are being planned for the next
decade to look for evidence of life outside earth.

The search for evidence of living microbes in comet dust
currently arriving in the stratosphere also continues with
encouraging results obtained so far. Sooner the universe would
declare its compromising truth. Life everywhere in the cosmos
shares our genetic heritage. We are truly creatures of the
cosmos.'

(The writer is the author of the newly relased book: "Alien
Mysteries in Sri Lanka and Egypt, the New Version")

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