Archive for November, 2011
Back in September I blogged about the grass roots effort spearheaded by the Paradigm Research Group to petition the White House to ‘fess up about “an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race.” (Here’s a description of the petition at the Open Minds website.) I noted at the time that, though I think the truth should be told, I was ambivalent about the effort. That ambivalence has now been validated by the White House’s response: “We don’t know anything and know of no proof for ET visitation.”
Can you see the irony and humor in this?
What exactly did the petitioners think they were going to get in the way of an answer? I’m guessing for many the optimism stemmed from the misguided belief that the Obama administration was a transparent one. If you believe that, you might be interested in some of Harold Camping’s new calculations for the rapture. But to be fair, no government is going to put forth this sort of information (if they had it) unless it served them politically (or, to be slightly more cynical, unless it was an important cog in some larger end game scenario of the federal powers that be and the military-industrial complex). It’s just naive to believe the federal government would be forthcoming about this (and a whole host of other things).
The irony is that, now that this administration has given the same answer as all the others in the past — including those that the disclosure crowd loved to hate (Bush, Rumsfeld, etc., etc.) — are they going to believe that President Obama has indeed been forthright and so the issue is finally settled … or are they going to turn on the administration, arguing it’s just as sinister and clandestine as the previous one? The former is a double-dose of naivete; the latter shows just how misguided the whole idea was in the first place.
I can hardly wait for someone to “decode” the response and milk more conspiracy out of this.
I’ve mentioned the Journal of Cosmology on this blog before. This online academic journal is known for producing some high-level articles, but has been criticized as well for stirring controversy (most notably the recent claims of “alien bacteria” published in the journal by Dr. Richard Hoover — from which NASA distanced itself).
The journal recently released its September-October 2011 issue. Sure enough, there’s something of interest for readers of this blog. In particular, the article entitled “Creationism, Neo-Darwinism, and Panspermia” caught my attention. Here is the abstract:
Creationists and neo-Darwinists have spent the past several decades engaged in a sullen trench warfare, occasionally firing at each other with little effect. We argue in this article that an acceptance of panspermia as a “third way” might lead to a long over-due reconciliation between the contending groups.
The short article is worth a read. I think it telling in that it betrays that, at least for some panspermia theorists, this is a religion — and one that is ultimately about trans-humanism. The article ends as follows:
It is not inconceivable that our distant descendants 1000 years from now might evolve further, becoming, from our perspective, super-humans. They might be able to work out the requirements for directed panspermia, perhaps launching our planet’s entire assemblage of genes into space18. This might be science fiction today, but science fiction can sometimes turn into science fact. Many distinguished scientists have expressed similar views, including Sir Arthur Eddington, and Sir Fred Hoyle, who wrote: “A commonsense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature…” (quotation from Hoyle, F., 1982. The Universe: Past and Present Reflections, Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys., 20, 15).