Finally other scientists are starting to question the over the top and ridiculous assumptions involved in the idea of contacting “aliens” through radio telescope signaling. I loved this recent study by neuroscientists in Spain from last week talking about the obvious flaws in the concept, which I’ll get to in a sec. First, let’s talk about “skeptic” icon Carl Sagan (who was a huge supporter of SETI). With all the recent UFO revelations, no one’s really stating something amazingly obvious here, which is that Carl Sagan wrote an entire book openly mocking anyone who took any of this seriously and people LOVE that fucking book to this day. So, what these revelations are saying is that not only was he totally wrong about UFO’s, but he was also unbelievably arrogant and shockingly condescending about this topic he was totally wrong about. Par the course for mainstream academia throughout history when you look into it.
His position on aliens was utterly batshit insane and can be summarized as follows:
A. Aliens exist
B. UFO reports, crop circles, alien contact experiences, shamanic encounters, cattle mutilations etc. have absolutely nothing to do with the actual aliens that actually exist. We know this is true because it is IMPOSSIBLE that another race could be more advanced spiritually than us, because spirituality isn’t a thing. Trust him, he’s an astronomer which makes him an expert on spirituality somehow. It’s not a thing.
C. The real aliens that actually exist can be contacted by shooting radio signals into the sky.
Here’s where I point out that we’ve been at this SETI thing for over 30 years now and….crickets. Absolutely nothing has come of this research so far. More than 30 years of fuck nothing. Meanwhile, Sagan often attributes alien encounters to sleep paralysis and last time I checked, that’s quite easily repeatable. Hey, I’ve used it to contact entities that showed up in my room, told me they were the “grey aliens” (among other things), and then projected a model of 3rd, 4th, and 5th dimensional timespace perception (the holy trinity) into my spirit. So, that sort of thing is easily repeatable and totally works but we don’t really study it because we’re too superstitious to take it on. Our superstitions tell us it’s “not real”. Then there’s shamanism. Can psychedelics lead to “alien contact”? Yep, also totally and quite easily repeatable. The science on that front gets more compelling by the day. Oh hey, studying either one of those things is super ass cheap and doesn’t really destroy the environment either. Nothing to see here, let’s spend a ton of cash shooting radio signals at the sky instead because those realities terrify us.
Anywho, none of that has anything to do with this recent study, which also makes some great points (from Science Daily):
“A well-known experiment with young people bouncing a ball showed that when an observer focuses on counting the passes, he does not detect if someone crosses the stage disguised as a gorilla. According to researchers at the University of Cádiz (Spain), something similar could be happening to us when we try to discover intelligent non-earthly signals, which perhaps manifest themselves in dimensions that escape our perception, such as the unknown dark matter and energy.
One of the problems that have long intrigued experts in cosmology is how to detect possible extraterrestrial signals. Are we really looking in the right direction? Maybe not, according to the study that the neuropsychologists Gabriel de la Torre and Manuel García, from the University of Cádiz, publish in the journal Acta Astronautica.
“When we think of other intelligent beings, we tend to see them from our perceptive and conscience sieve; however we are limited by our sui generis vision of the world, and it’s hard for us to admit it,” says De la Torre, who prefers to avoid the terms ‘extraterrestrial’ or aliens by its Hollywood connotations and use another more generic, as ‘non-terrestrial’.
“What we are trying to do with this differentiation is to contemplate other possibilities — he says-, for example, beings of dimensions that our mind cannot grasp; or intelligences based on dark matter or energy forms, which make up almost 95% of the universe and which we are only beginning to glimpse. There is even the possibility that other universes exist, as the texts of Stephen Hawking and other scientists indicate.”
The authors state that our own neurophysiology, psychology and consciousness can play an important role in the search for non-terrestrial civilizations; an aspect that they consider has been neglected until now.”
Also, holy fuck quit sharing this meme from the Dumbass Haunted World on social media.
See the problem here? No? Let me explain it to you. Evangelical Christians voted in both George W Bush and Trump, not hippies, not people who clutch crystals or hunt for UFO’s. Sagan has zero problem with them at all because if he did, he probably would have lost his spot writing fluff pieces for PARADE magazine and shit. So, bonkers religious fundamentalists are A-Okay because conformity, but God forbid you look at UFO reports and don’t take the position that they’re clearly all nonsense (they’re not). Then “skeptics” will take the big brave position of mocking you publicly. Hell, they’ll write a whole book about how obviously foolish you are. Fuck these people. There’s a word for these sort of “skeptics”. Wrong. The word is wrong.
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