Oct 14 2010

State of the Wave: ETs Surge to Center Stage

In the 1950s this might have been called a UFO “Wave”, but today it just appears that interest in extraterrestrials – some of whom might even be coming here – is the rage from China to London and of course to Hollywood.

Does our growing global fascination with extraterrestrials suggest the new international Space Age is just around the corner?
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A Chinese Astronomer Says Yes
Wang Sichao, a veteran astronomer of the Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences said flat out in August that “extraterrestrial beings do exist and their UFOs have the ability to visit our earth,” (Peoples’ Daily Online, 8/23/10). His statements are as unequivocal as former Apollo Moon-walking astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who has claimed for years that “…we have been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomenon is real … It has been covered up by governments for quite some time now,” (7/28/2008, ABC News).

However, Wang believes that Stephen Hawking’s recent warnings that their arrival would be a bad day for humanity are premature.

“If they are friendly to us, we can promote the human beings’ civilization through exchange and cooperation with them. If they are not, as long as we prepared for their invasion, we can beat them back based on their weaknesses. After all, they are life entities, they would show their slips,”

Obviously the professor is an optimist. Anyone with the technology to travel across interstellar distances could also make us wish they hadn’t. The classic Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man” comes to mind!

Wang’s public statements come in the wake of 8 reported UFO sightings in China since June. For example, last month an airport in Inner Mongolia was shut down for over an hour because a UFO — reportedly seen both visually and on radar — was buzzing the field.

Unknowns Lurk Everywhere
UFO sightings are not limited to China — they appear almost everywhere. A quick scan of the Mutual UFO Network website, a 40+-year-old, science-based organization, indicates that current aerial unknowns range from a silent boomerang in Boise to agile cigars in Australia.

Over the last 100+ years, a global surge in UFO/ET interest has presaged and figured prominently in each transformative Maslow Window.

For example, the ultra-ebullient Peary/Panama/T. Rosevelt Maslow Window (~1901-13) followed the founding of Lowell Observatory in Arizona to probe the “canals” on Mars. Lowell saw the canals as convincing evidence for a global Macro Engineering Project built by intelligent Martians. His public loved it and in 1907 the Wall Street Journal actually announced “…the proof by astronomical observations…that conscious, intelligent life exists upon the planet Mars,”

Likewise, early in the 1960s Apollo Maslow Window, astronomer Frank Drake inaugurated the famous Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) using a radio telescope in West Virginia. Later he and Carl Sagan ebulliently asserted that a million advanced civilizations might exist in our galaxy, and in 2010 Drake reiterated his ebullient belief that it’s “only a matter of time” before we detect them. Before aligning exclusively with radio SETI, Sagan wrote a stunning, but currently obscure scientific paper (in 1962) in which he argued that advanced ETs had already visited Earth using interstellar spacecraft aided by relativistic time dilation.

If this century-plus pattern holds, we should expect global interest in ETs, UFOs, Earth-like planets, and human expansion into the cosmos to accelerate as we approach the new international Space Age around 2015.

Is Life Abundant in the Galaxy?
It’s not just UFOs that are grabbing the global public, it’s anything to do with extraterrestrials. For example, Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology, flatly asserts that current astrophysical research “overwhelmingly” supports his theory that human life started outside of Earth; i.e., that all humans are, in fact, “aliens from outer space.”

In his recent article in the International Journal of Astrobiology, Wickramasinghe argues that the spectral signatures of interstellar dust clouds are due to “biologically derived aromatic molecules.” Thus major components of interstellar materials are actually “… degradation products of biology,” suggesting life is not rare in our galaxy.

The Royal Society Seeks Extraterrestrials
Not to be left out — following scientific meetings in 2009 at the Vatican on Extraterrestrials — the prestigious UK Royal Society has had not just one, but 2 scientific meetings in 2010 (in January and just last week) to consider if exterrestrials are here on Earth and how to properly greet them.

At the Royal Society, Professor Paul Davies of Arizona State University suggested that, contrary to the approach of radio SETI, “We need to give up the notion that ET is sending us some sort of customised message and take a new approach.”

This flurry of ET-related scientific meetings, astrophysical research, and UFO sightings occurs in the context of the exciting recent discovery of the first extrasolar planet with the potential to be genuinely Earth-like. It orbits the red dwarf star Gliese 581 and is nearby — only 20 light years away. If advanced Gliesan’s ever existed, they should be here by now.

What if ET Really Phones Home?
And finally, to complete the pop culture scene, the new movie Skyline opens November 12. It features UFOs and extraterrestrials on Earth and a Rapture-like scene that’s unforgettable. As in the 1960s Space Age, cinema is likely to play a major role in the 2015 Maslow Window.

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One Response to “State of the Wave: ETs Surge to Center Stage”

  1. KlausBon 16 Oct 2010 at 6:17 pm

    hummh,
    the so-called Maslow-Window was predictible, there is allways a timeframe when
    – forced consent – will break down and – for long suppessed ideas may get their room –
    maybe, we are there, but don’t count on it.

    If, extraterrestical visitors are and were already here, we should recognize it in changes of human behaviour. There is nothing, which is bejond of cyclical. Even the
    scaremongering of “global warming/climate cange” did came rather predictible.

    For me, the “Maslow Window” is the – common – window of oppurtunity which allways did happen at the same stage of human behaviour, nothing very special.

    You should not expect a rather small frame of opportunities. there will be, possibly
    a whole century of new ideas, new businesses and major changes to us poor, bloody beeings.

    I’ve errored from time to time within my live. nevertheless, the change from better
    performance of interest bearing papers (government bonds & community bonds) vs. dividend bearing papers (shares & warrants) between 1981-01 and 1982-06, was the time when I earned my money for studying)

    When I bought gold and silver, by just “listening” to the cycles of human folly, in 2001, everybody did name me “extra-silly” – ok, in the next, following set of months, there were days when I pretty much could agree with them.
    Nevertheless, I sold a good part of it in July of this year, but not all.

    It’s getting starting with ‘interesting times’ – chinese way – let’s endure and enjoy them.
    KlausB

    Hi Klaus,
    It’s always great having someone from Germany commenting on the site. I appreciate your wisdom and your life-experience.

    Let me just share a couple of points.

    The Maslow Window concept is empirical. It’s based on the clustering of Great Explorations and the massive Macro Engineering Projects (and some major wars) exclusively every 55-60 years, over the last 2 centuries. (BTW, In 2006 NATO sponsored an international symposium in Portugal on how long waves relate to wars.)

    It may or may not be a good time to consider certain types of investments. I don’t usually talk about that topic much at 21stcenturyWaves.com because our focus here is more futuristic and less investment oriented.

    However, the Maslow Windows are correlated in time with a 56 year business cycle discovered in 1989 (based on total societal energy use) that’s documented back almost 200 years and is correlated with Strauss and Howe generational waves.

    This suggests that all three types of entities observed during Maslow Windows are fundamentally driven by long-term economic trends.

    Equally interesting is the punctuated equilibrium character of the Maslow Window activities and their cost-frequency characteristics. Both point to the likelihood that Maslow Windows are — in the language of self organized criticality — “critical states.”

    If so, the Maslow Windows are brief ebullient “perfect” times when large unpredictable changes — both good (Apollo, Peace Corps), and bad (Vietnam War) — can occur. And outside the Maslow Window decades, the whole economic/technology system “recycles” until it achieves the high interactivity of the next Maslow Window (they occur every 5-6 decades).

    I initially got interested in this subject because I wanted to know when the next Apollo-style space program would sweep the world. But if the system is governed by self organized criticality, then both the large programs and the small ones — essentially all technology and exploration programs — are explained by complexity theory.

    This would be true for Great Explorations, Macro Engineering Projects, and major wars. Intermediate wars have already been shown by Turcotte and his colleagues to be a self organized criticality phenomenon. Amazingly, they have resisted all the combined efforts of the world’s diplomats to reduce their frequency. This suggests, but doesn’t prove, the tenacity of the systems which self-organize to produce Maslow Windows over the last 200+ years. It — including macroeconomic data and historical trends over the last 200 years — also provides a scientific basis for predictability.

    Sorry for the long reply…

    Best wishes,
    Bruce

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