Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Royal Society and the Rising Alien Expectation

"Royal Society meet to discuss if extra-terrestrials are here on Earth"

This headline comes not from a UFO magazine or even the Weekly World News. It comes from the Times of London, probably the most prestigious newspaper in the English-speaking world.
The premise might sound like the film Men in Black, but this week it will consume the great minds of science at a meeting of Britain’s most venerable institution, the Royal Society.

Paul Davies, a physicist at Arizona State University, will suggest tomorrow that the search for extra-terrestrial life should be focused right under our noses. His audience will include representatives from Nasa, the European Space Agency and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, while Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, will also lead one of the sessions.

Addressing the meeting to mark the 50th anniversary of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) programme — a quest that has fallen far short of its objectives — Professor Davies will argue that demonstrating that life has appeared more than once on Earth would be the best evidence yet that it must exist elsewhere in the Universe.
Has SETI really failed, or is it simply a gatekeeper front for a real contact program that doesn't use a ridiculously obsolete technology like radio waves? Why don't they just look for alien smoke signals?

Maybe the fact that SETI is so intimate with CSICOP pretty much tells us all we need to know, seeing that the latter organization spends an inordinate amount of its time protecting established belief systems from competition.

We have a pretty good inkling from our own networks that not only is radio obsolete, but that the more complex a communications grid becomes, the more difficult it becomes to detect:
Davies' call for alien-hunting scientists to look to their own backyards came as a pioneer in the search for extraterrestrial life in outer space told the conference the job appears to be more difficult than previously thought.

Frank Drake, who conducted the first organized search for alien radio signals in 1960, said that the Earth — which used to pump out a loud tangle of radio waves, television signals and other radiation — has been steadily getting quieter as its communications technology improves.

"Very soon we will become very undetectable," he said. If similar changes are taking place in other technologically advanced societies, then the search for them "will be much more difficult than we imagined."
So, what we do we think of the SETI program now? Becoming undetectable certainly has an evolutionary advantage for an advanced culture. The Telegraph ran the same info under this fascinating headline: Earth becoming invisible to aliens. Which, of course, assumes that aliens exist, a possibility many orthodox (read: 'government') scientists have been dismissing for most of my lifetime.

Or maybe it was the usual angry-nerd myopia- anything that can't be put under the microscope does not exist and we will hound you to your grave for saying otherwise. But now we see the reason for all of those expensive telescopes, since no sane person wants to spend all of their time looking a hunks of rock on the other side of the galaxy:
Our chance of finding alien life is greater than ever, says Britain's top astronomer

The chance of discovering alien life is greater than ever thanks to improving technology, Britain's leading astronomer said today.

Lord Rees, the president of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal, believes new space telescopes will help us focus our search because they are capable of detecting earth-like planets around distant stars.
Then there's this:
The first Earth-like planet outside the solar system will have been discovered by the end of the year, one of the world's leading astronomers said yesterday.

Professor Michel Mayor, the scientist in charge of the team who detected the first extrasolar planet in 1995, claimed that the chance of finding a planet that is habitable for humans is now imminent.
Quite a confident claim. All of the excitement inspired this fevered editorial:
Are aliens out there? Heavens, I hope so!

Stars such as Gliese 581 could be home to aliens that are still at the caveman stage, or alternatively aliens which have become extinct a million years ago. Aliens who do not, in other words, have the wherewithal to use radio transmitters.

After all, if aliens had stumbled upon the Earth 100,000 years ago they would have found nothing but hairy men and women with spears.
Right. See "Intervention Theory." Then there's this:
Some people claim that our planet was so hostile in its early years that life must have arrived, fully formed, from elsewhere, carried here as 'cosmic spores' by comets or meteors.
Others disagree, like Francis Crick, who discovered DNA, the Tree of Life.
“Is it possible,” I asked Crick, when I reached him at the Salk Institute in San Diego, California, “that our DNA came from another planet?”

“I published that theory twenty-five years ago,” said Crick. “I called it Directed Panspermia.”

“Do you think it arrived in a meteor or comet?” I asked.

“No,” said Crick. “Anything living would have died in such an accidental journey through space.

“Are you saying that DNA was sent here in a vehicle?” I asked.

“It’s the only possibility,” said Crick.
Let's also go back a few weeks to what Richard Dawkins, the renowned evolutionary scientist said:
It could be that at some earlier time somewhere in the universe a civillization evolved by probably some kind of Darwinian means to a very very high level of technology and designed a form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet. Now that is a possibility and an intriguing possibility and I suppose it’s possible that you might find evidence for that if you look at the details of biochemistry or molecular biology you might find a signature of some sort of designer.
Ooh, very naughty of you, Richard! Back to the Royal Society confab, we also have Davies essentially repeating the same cosmology we saw in Mission To Mars:
One suggestion, by the physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies, is that life might have arrived here from the planet Mars, which was once rather more benign than Earth, being smaller and receiving fewer 'hits' from space debris.
In which case, we are all Martians and should be looking for fossils of our ancient ancestors on the Red Planet.

Davies, whose new book, The Eerie Silence, comprehensively tackles the question of ET, thinks that perhaps a radio search is not the way to go. Maybe, instead, we should look for direct evidence that aliens have visited our neck of the galactic woods in the past.
OK, stop right there- Davies is now saying what Richard Hoagland has been saying for 40 years, and has been ruthlessly excoriated for, I might add. Why the change of heart? Why are these people discussing all of this?

And what could all of this fevered speculation possibly be based on?:
Aliens visiting Earth will be just like humans, scientist claims

Governments should prepare for the worst if aliens visit Earth because beings from outer space are likely to be just like humans, a leading scientist is claiming.

And while aliens could come in peace they are quite as likely to be searching for somewhere to live, and to help themselves to water, minerals and fuel, Conway Morris will tell a conference at the Royal Society in London tomorrow.

"Extra-terrestrials … won't be splodges of glue … they could be disturbingly like us, and that might not be a good thing – we don't have a great record."
That's fascinating, and Jack Kirby would certainly concur- but what is he basing this on? He sounds awfully confident what aliens look like and what they act like. Which brings me to my next point...

During the OJ trial, legal observers excoriated Marsha Clark for the glove fitting debacle. The point they made is that a good prosecutor would only have a defendant try on a pair of gloves only if they were absolutely sure they would fit beforehand. So if these people are talking about xeno-Earths and alien psychology and all of the rest of it, is this based on any kind of foreknowledge? Or is this all a big show for the media?

In order to answer that question you need to look at what people are doing and not what they're saying. Dubai's seen-from-space firework displays were so startling to me not because they were banging on about putting them on for orbiting spacecraft, but because they weren't. But the fact remains they spend vast sums of cash entertaining the stars with productions that were just a mess of smoke and noise for anyone on the ground- or even up in some of those Flash Gordon skyscrapers.

In that light, this story certainly caught my eye - NASA is creating a wireless Internet that will span the lengths of the solar system:
NASA's overhaul aims to boost space communication by as much as 50 times faster than today's data transfer rates, so that a Mars mission squeaking by on a few megabits per second might someday get as much as 600 megabits per second, if not more.

By doing a wholesale upgrade of a unified space communication network, Younes can offer mission managers capabilities that they would otherwise have never dreamed of. He has already targeted 2018 as the latest date for integrating the three existing space networks.

But one of the biggest communication revolutions will come from laser-driven optical communication, as opposed to current space communications based on radio frequencies.
That's fascinating, but why? Nothing we have out there now will be able to use it. I guarantee you they're not doing all of this for giggles and grins. There's a huge fleet of spacecraft- both public and private- ready for missions we can only guess at. Not only that, but private companies are now developing space stations and space habitats. Why? For who? Read this:
Bigelow is now eying 2015 as the year when the larger human-rated habitats will be in Earth orbit, ready for boarding. All that is predicated, however, on launch availability — be it on an Atlas 5 or the yet-to-fly Falcon 9 rocket under development by private booster builder Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). It will take seven rocket flights, he said, to hurl the elements for the first Bigelow Aerospace complex into space.

The mission of Bigelow Aerospace "is to build the be occupied by geniuses that can do really interesting things in those buildings...and these buildings just happen to be in space," Bigelow explained. "We want to facilitate what the dreams of people are, whether they are national dreams or corporate ambitions."
"These buildings just happen to be in space."


So taken separately the Royal Society shindig, the new Space Rush, the seizure of the ancient texts from the Iraq/Babylon museums, and the massive sci-fi blitz at the multiplexes may not mean much. Or the fact that the Vatican- which, after all, just recently got around to admitting Galileo's theories were sound- is all of a sudden so fascinated with ET.

Taken together? That's a whole different story.


  1. Chris,

    something current that I find truly fascinating (right in line with the AAT, AIT and various authors/researchers like Sitchin) is the

    ancient tungsten coils


    the current rumors of TUNGSTEN FILLED GOLD BARS that might be hiding in the world's gold vaults.


    "These manufactured coils were initially discovered during geological research associated with the extraction of gold in the Ural mountains.....the largest pieces found are mostly copper, while the smallest are made of tungsten and molybdenum."

    full article from


    An Oopart (Out Of Place ARTifact) is a term applied to dozens of prehistoric objects found in various places around the world that, given their level of technology, are completely at odds with their determined age based on physical, chemical, and/or geological evidence. Ooparts often are frustrating to conventional scientists and a delight to adventurous investigators and individuals interested in alternative scientific theories.

    In 1991, the appearance of extremely tiny, coil-shaped artifacts found near the banks of Russia’s Kozhim, Narada, and Balbanyu rivers brought about a debate that has continued to this day. These mysterious and minuscule structures suggest that there may have been a culture capable of developing nanotechnology 300,000 years ago.

    These manufactured coils were initially discovered during geological research associated with the extraction of gold in the Ural mountains. These pieces include coils, spirals, shafts, and other unidentified components.

    According to an analysis from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Syktyvkar, the largest pieces found are mostly copper, while the smallest are made of tungsten and molybdenum.

    While the largest of these objects measure 1.18 inches, the smallest are only 1/10,000th of an inch, and many exhibit Golden Mean proportions. Their shape suggests that they are manufactured and not naturally occurring metal fragments. In fact, they have been found to closely resemble the same miniature components of contemporary nanotechnology.

    Though some have asserted that these tiny structures are merely debris left behind from test rockets being launched from nearby Plesetsk space station, a report from the Moscow Institute determined that they are far too old to have come from modern manufacturing.

    In 1996, Dr. E.W. Matvejeva, from the Central Scientific Research Department of Geology and Exploitation of Precious Metals in Moscow, writes that, despite being thousands of years old, the components are of a technological origin.

    The pieces were found at a depth between 10 and 40 feet, in a geological stratus between 20,000 and 318,000 years old.

    How were humans able to manufacture such tiny components in the distant past, and what were they used for? Some believe that the coils prove the human race enjoyed a sophisticated level of technology in the Pleistocene era, while others assert that the findings are the work of extraterrestrials.

    The artifacts have been studied at four different facilities in Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. However, further research into these tiny structures seems to have ended in 1999 with the death of Dr. Johannes Fiebag, a principal researcher of the find.


    and from

    "In October, the Hong Kong bankers discovered some gold bars shipped from the United States were actually tungsten with gold plating. This is the exact same Modus Operandi as the silver clad zinc dimes from 45 years ago. History repeats itself."

    I agree with you, these subjects are always so much more fascinating when taken together as part of something larger rather than being examined separately.


  2. Paul Davies, incidentially, has always been by far the most intelligent and open-minded voice on the popular science scene. All of his books are recommended brain food. Great job putting all this stuff together as usual Chris!

  3. there are people all over the world - psychics, shamans, mystics, schizophrenics - whose heads are filled with information. Terrence McKenna R.I.P.

    I feel like an alien from Star Trek who has been sent here to gauge this, ahem, civilization's openness to contact.

    Aliens have been here and are still here.

  4. Way too much conditioning going on for my taste.

    First ET-talk gets ridiculed to the bone whenever it comes up, now its a legitimate topic for the royal whateverclub?

    That would be the perfect prelude for Operation Bluebeam to project stuff into the sky, so we all have to unite under one government to fight of the alien scum.

    Something smells fishy, and i mean the bad kind of fishy smell

  5. Great stuff.

    I agree with Tristan that Davies is in a class of his own. I only read his 'Mind of God,' but I can still remember how it blew my mind.

    On the Royal Society front, just a few days ago I received a Yahoo alert (on Freemasonry) that brought me to this link:

    When I watched the anomalies video one of the striking inclusions for me was the video, towards the end, shot by Alberto Mayer with his telescope. I guess now he has been convinced by officialdom that "the 'ufo' was simply a little balloon floating approx 6000 meters high."
    Anyway, consumer telescopes are so advanced now that we'll be seeing all kinds of anomalous observations, independent of the gatekeepers, come to light.

  6. Strangey- Very interesting story- and news to me. I'll tell you- as interesting as all of this is together, the Vatican's hyper-enthusiasm is the most startling to me. They take literally forever (see Gaileo story) to make a definitive statement on anything and yet they're chatting up aliens? Particularly with this very conservative pope? Very odd.

    Tristan- Good deal, Tris. I'll do some more digging into his work.

    Justie- You could well be right about still being here. I wouldn't bet against it.

    Dyna- Indeed. Like I said, watch what is done, not what is said.

    Terry- Hmm, Masons and the Vatican struggling to control the contact narrative? Could very well be. I like your idea about the telescopes as well. We shall see.

  7. Another link you might want to check out Chris is Bob Bigelow's tie-in with MUFON;

    Okay, so I'm not above whoring a little bit! LOL! ;))

  8. It ain't whoring if the info is tasty, and that's some seriously tasty info, my friend.

  9. What we call liberal and conservative in the 21st century are but fragments of what they were not but 50 years ago!

    Conservative you say? The church used to demand veils and latin masses... now you can show up in shorts and flip-flops.

    I'd say that today is liberal to the point of revolution.

    But it leads me to ponder, if the "Word" was the true word why allow all the changes... and from that only two possibilities exist.
    To either destroy the word or the word was never true in the first place.


  10. When I first saw the "Mission to Mars" alien, my initial reaction was, "Oh my God, it's Sempra!"

    "Sempra" was an alien I created a couple of years before MTM came out. It was for an undeveloped story I came up with about a ranger who responds to a distress call from an incoming asteroid and discovers it's teeming with life. He ends up falling in love with the resident alien caretaker (sound familiar?)

    I'll have to see if I can find the original drawings.

  11. The morning news soundbytes on WNEW, of all places, included a bit about how alien life might indeed be living among us... in the form of microbes.

  12. Chris I have computed for SETI for years. Just leave my computer on and it goes on automatically. It is thru Boinc from Berkley Ca. Radio waves may seem low tech but they cover long distances. The new Hat creek SETI site is south east of Mt. Shasta, any reason for that particular(lenticular)spot? Terry I clicked your name in the comments section and zoomed into Illumaniti esoterica. Very interesting. I liked the Gary Sinise liquid alien drink at the end of MTM ,trippy indeed. Any alien worth their salt can view the hundreds of satellites in orbit around terra firma. Disclosure, heck they gave us the blue-prints. Dennis

  13. check this 'Grey caught on camera in the outback'

    I dont know if true or not, but i DO know it makes me laugh, and more so if you keep pausing and going over to when they first see 'it'--LOL
    In a way the shock sounds real, and I wonder how these serious researchers would react...? haha

  14. Hello Christopher.

    I thought of you when I saw this.

  15. Chris,
    Another great post! Keep up the fantastic work.

    Wanted to throw this your way via The Onion:
    Dubai Debt Crisis Halts Building Of World's Largest Indoor Mountain Range

    You gotta love the punchline of their joke:
    "And mark my words," he added, "We will still put a man on the artificial moon we're building by 2025."

  16. Strangey, when I was a kid we all wore coats and ties to church and our services were upwards of two hours a shot. So I hear you.

    Agonus- Send us links when you find them.

    Dave- OK, that's where I start to wonder where this is all leading. Hmmmm....

    Dennis- You're a braver man than me. I don't want any SETI types poking around my HD.

    Muzu- I saw that! Very funny. Aussies with Cockey accents!

    Song- Star of the day! That is a very bizarre "anomaly". Everyone- go check out that link.

    Alan- It's funny because it's true. Keep an eye on Dubai, that's all I can say.

  17. This for me is one my favorite post you've ever written. And I've read and enjoyed 'em all.
    I was loling the whole time, great stuff.
    This is what popped into my head as I read.

    The truth of Crick is not a crock/It exists between all the tics and all the tocs/And all the clips and all the clops/Of all the cliques who create all the clocks.


  18. Let me get this straight:

    a group of “educated” individuals are meeting to debate whether aliens live on Earth.

    i.e. do aliens drink Starbucks, get stuck in traffic on the Garden State Parkway, or find the Wham! song, “Wake Me Up, Before You GoGo” catchy?


    They might as well search Facebook. I'm sure there's some bug-eyed Saiphians with a photo album labeled “Summer Vacation 09: Orion Waterpark” - cue photos of a green skinned space-chick in a doughnut tube floating down a lazy river.

    While the Scifi fangirl in me loves the “Government/Vatican covering up Aliens, Backwards engineered technology, ZoMg!” I can't help but feel like the truth is a lot less romantic.

    I mean, even the Annunaki myths sound like a Mafia business trying to circumnavigate around Union rules.

    “Ok, so we bought this planet we'll mine for minerals. Dirt cheap, in the arse end of Universe. However; instead of importing workers, or purchasing expensive robots - why don't we clone some mindless sub-intelligent slaves? We'll tell 'em we're Gods, feed them; they'll do our bidding. You got that geneticist son...uh, Enki? Sure, his degree might be questionable, but it's not like it'll matter. Once we're done, we'll flood the planet, put the mindless monsters out of their misery, and collect the insurance money; walk away without a scratch. What can go wrong?”

    The frightening part:

    if we keep discovering planets; I wonder how long it takes before we can start purchasing one?

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  20. This is all real exciting. I think we all feel we're on the brink of something amazing. My only concern is the-powers-that-be will screw things up for us. What I mean is the elitists have a knack for turning great things into tragedy so I hope synchronicity kicks in and so the truth can we shown to everyone.

    This article is about Nikola Tesla's possible contact with Mars, and SETI

  21. Chris,

    I would have e-mailed you about this because it's not directly relevant to this post, but I couldn't find your contact information. So I post it here.

    Anyway, in the post from 2/29/08 entitled "Ten Thirteen: The Secret Identity of Isis" you mention, "If you haven't yet, you may want to check out my X-Files X-Egesis for deep background on the topics covered in this post." The X-Files X-Egesis link is dead both there and on the right hand side of the main blog page. I am interested in researching your X-Files interpretations further because I find them both fascinating and important. Is there another link where I can access the information you had on that site?

    Thank you.

  22. Another high-profile "suicide" - this time a former JPL physicist who had researched the big bang and the infant state of the universe. Makes me think of the brain-drain and recent observations from William Henry.

  23. Its the second time I've seen it so I might humbly offer a clarification, Francis Crick didn't discover DNA, he described its molecular structure, conformation, and base pairing attributes. DNA had been (re)discovered in the 19th century, almost a hundred years before Francis Crick.

  24. Off-topic re: yesterday's twitter feed - Do you consider Prison Planet to be a reliable source of information? If so, Why?

  25. Yet another enjoyable post!

    Perhaps DNA can't survive in space without a vehicle, but scientists admit to the possibility that mold and fungus spores are sturdy enough to survive interstellar space.

    (Don't forget the 'SARS is from Space' rumor from just a couple of years ago - and all the stories supposing that a virus' shell could survive in outer space as well).

  26. Toothy- Thank you, my brother. Fascinating verse there!

    引っ掛けるy- Oh, you won't find any Saiphians on Facebook. I think they're more into MySpace. The Pleiadians, on the other hand....

    Grey- Yes, indeed. Maybe coming events might be forcing their hand- I have no idea. One thing this planet could use is a change in management, that's for sure.

    Austin- Yes- it's still coming. I just got socked in the face by Photobucket- their pro account has gone from 9.95 a year to 24.95 a year, so I have to move all of those photos to a new host. And all of the X-Egesis pix are up there, unfortunately.

    Alan- Hotel, asphyxiation? Um, maybe not a suicide. Maybe an accident, if you catch my drift.

    Enigma- Well, DNA was suspected, not discovered before Crick. All of this goes to shorthand- all science is built on precedent.

    Lynn- Good question. Most of Prison Planet is links to other news sources, and I use it accordingly. I usually ignore the commentaries and avoid the comments sections like the unholy plague.

    And thanks for the kind words and links!

  27. Cris this is one of your finest... AWESOME...

  28. There does seem to be an ongoing build up to some kind of disclosure in the UK.

    Even the venerable BBC has gotten in on the act with a series of documentaries presented by high profile TV/film personalities entitled "I believe in UFO's", where instead of the usual skepticism portrayed by the media, a real eagerness to find evidence validating UFO's is evinced.

    This episode presented by east end hardman actor Danny Dyer was a joy to watch especially the actual live filmed UFO footage at the end - spectacular. It's even made me want to believe!

  29. lots of 17's in peal wiki

  30. Reading the comments i was struck by the idea no-one common dies from auto-erotic aspxhisiation, is it a tool of demise/murder we ignore because of its sexual connatations

  31. Haven't read this yet. I was watching a video about the Apollo Missions and what's *really* on the moon. They were talking about the rejected patches for Apollo SEVENTEEN, which you've talked about before, Chris. And when I looked at them again, my jaw dropped. I had to come here immediately to mention how one of them has a *giant spiral* on it! And what's your lead story???

    The Norway Spiral! SYNCH!!!

    Go back and look at the patches again...

    This spiral is hanging over a Stonehenge-style monument! The picture is black and white so I don't know what color the spiral is, but maybe you can update us on that. If it's blue, I'm gonna faint. If the circle in the middle is also white, well...

    Minute 5:11 in this video:

  32. I do enjoy coming back to these posts years later and seeing how relevant it all still is.
    Are we set on a course, determined by the hidden hand? It seems so...

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