Wednesday, February 18, 2009

UFOs, aliens and consciousness

While I'm agnostic as to the ultimate nature of UFOs, I'm comfortable asserting that the phenomenon is both physically real and under intelligent control. Too brash a deductive leap? Given the available evidence, I don't think so. Indeed, my position isn't nearly as hard-set as that of most speculators among the loosely knit UFO "community." So what are we dealing with? Does intelligence imply an extraterrestrial origin? And is my agnosticism simply a mask with which to deter meandering conspiracy theories and hoary notions of human-ET treaties?





I think the answer is "no" on both counts. The data suggests an enigma of enduring complexity and bewildering scope. While possibly ET, there's no clear link; more often than not, credible reports of "ufonauts" indicate beings with all-too-human mannerisms and motives. If the UFO phenomenon has a purpose, perhaps it's to challenge entrenched ideas about our role as sentient observers. The ever-colorful "space visitors" encountered since 1947 could be the vanguards of an unknown manifestation of consciousness. (Far from invalidating the UFO inquiry, such a discovery would likely propel a new era of scientific understanding. If so, would our collective unconscious adopt some new disguise and cease to provide us with novel visitors and resplendent "craft"?)

Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Mack once described alien abductions as an example of "reified metaphor." While he believed his patients' accounts of sexually charged encounters with apparent aliens were sincere, he was reluctant to accept them literally. In "Passport to the Cosmos," he mused that activities endured during "abductions" might herald a sort of cosmic wake-up call -- real enough, but only as real as scenes in a stage play. Like self-professed abductee Whitley Strieber, Mack seemed intrigued by the idea that the mind, subjected to a sufficiently foreign stimulus, could produce imagery culled from myth or even pop culture. (Extraterrestrials, big-headed and bug-eyed, seem like suitable candidates for a population weaned on science fiction.)





Of course, that begs the question of where the archetypal "Gray" originated in the first place. British researcher Albert Budden, a strident critic of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH), suggests that the minimal physique ascribed to the Grays of abduction infamy might have a basis in neuro-anatomy. If he's right, that still leaves us to sort out cases with physical effects (J. Allen Hynek's "close encounters of the second kind").

Some will doubtlessly argue that I'm over-thinking the controversy. Maybe the ETH will triumph by virtue of its simplicity; after all, aliens from space -- strange as they might be -- are consistent with known physics. Speculating about the role of consciousness and the very nature of "real," on the other hand, might seem abstruse or even like an effort to apologize on behalf of the phenomenon itself.

But our understanding of the Cosmos is still in its infancy; indeed, there's no consensus on what consciousness itself is, let alone its implications in a universe governed by quantum physics. Mathematician Roger Penrose, for example, has argued that a genuine "Theory of Everything" will necessarily incorporate the role of awareness and that current approaches are doomed to failure.

Likewise, I'm hesitant to invoke ETs as a solution to the UFO puzzle until we come to a more mature grasp of the physical basis for human intelligence. If "reality" is more malleable than we think (or admit), we might be delighted to find that our universe is inundated with intelligence. UFOs could be emissaries from a parallel world acting in tandem with our minds. By taunting us, they could be subtly directing us toward new models of reality in which the very concept of "alien spaceships" is almost embarrassingly quaint.

This piece originally appeared at aboutSETI.com.

96 comments:

muzuzuzus said...

I love where you say the crucial: "indeed, there's no consensus on what consciousness itself is, let alone its implications in a universe governed by quantum physics."

But I would tentatively---'tentatively because I only heard about this very recently--according to Ananda Bosman, quantum physics are limited when compared with Hadronic mechanics (if you google his name with that you will find the video at Youtube)

One thing I know--'infancy'? We got to grow up FAST!!!

timmo said...

WHAT IF HUMANS ARE THE SMART SPECIES?Have the grays indicated otherwise?

chenping said...

This is really a good artiel,I like it very much.


wow gold
cheap wow gold
wow gold
buy wow gold
wow gold
cheap wow gold
buy wow gold

tianshasha said...

Really trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to

email it to a few friends of mine that I know would enjoy reading..


wow goldcheap wow goldwow

gold
buy wow goldwow goldcheap wow goldbuy wow goldWorld of Warcraft goldcheap World of Warcraft goldWorld of Warcraft goldbuy World of Warcraft gold
World of Warcraft goldcheap World of Warcraft gold
buy World of Warcraft goldtibia gold
tibia goldtibia gold
tibia goldtibia gold
tibia goldtibia gold
tibia goldtibia gold
tibia goldtibia gold
flyff penyacheap flyff penyaflyff penyabuy flyff penyaflyff penyacheap flyff penya
buy flyff penyaflyff penya
flyff penya

viagra online said...

well the matrix inform tell us something like this, a entire race who can control the conscious of the men without the same noticed them, if this is true all we could be controlled by some alien race.

Anonymous said...

Really trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to

email it to a few friends of mine that I know would enjoy reading..


eve onlineeve

online
eve onlineeve onlineeve

online
eve onlineeve online
eve onlineeve online
eve onlineeve online
gw goldcheap gw

gold
gw goldbuy gw goldgw

gold
cheap gw goldbuy gw gold
lotro goldcheap lotro goldlotro goldbuy lotro goldlotro goldcheap lotro

gold
buy lotro goldlotro gold

Anonymous said...

Really trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to email it to a few friends of mine that I know would enjoy reading..



lineage 2 adenacheap lineage 2 adenalineage 2 adenabuy lineage 2 adenalineage 2 adenacheap lineage 2 adenabuy lineage 2 adenalineage 2 adenalineage 2 adenaaoc goldcheap aoc goldaoc goldbuy aoc goldaoc goldcheap aoc goldbuy aoc goldaoc gold
aoc goldwarhammer gold
cheap warhammer goldwarhammer goldbuy warhammer goldwarhammer goldcheap warhammer goldbuy warhammer goldaion kinahaion kinah
aion kinahaion kinah
aion kinahaion kinah
aion kinahaion kinah
aion kinahaion kinahaion kinah

Anonymous said...

зеленый лазер
электрошокер
товары мини камеры
товары народного потребления

sister said...

Such kind of articl is our need , it can give us help from different aspect for different people . after reading this article , I learn a mount of knowkedge increase my power , my families and I all like you article ,reading you article is our best love.
NFL jerseys
Puma Shoes
Ecco shoes
Nike Sneakers

cheap designed purses said...

Thank you for your post, I look for such article along time,today i find it finally.this post give me lots of advise it is very useful for me .i will pay more attention to you ,i hope you can go on posting more such post, i will support you all the time. May be you are Sports fans? Do you like
Designer Handbags
these have the high quality,low price,professional service,Just For You if you like.Thank you again for writing this article!

Phentermine said...

I saw so much effective information above!

Joan Steward said...

I bottle bring to mind generic Zithromax also buy Periactin exclude proviso you as well call for it, buy valtrex will accomplish you a great deal advantageous.

johnnycakes said...

This made alot of sense thank you
windows 8

ohhhhboy said...

i absolutely agree with you
buy backlinks
backlink service

Ty Shannon said...

THANKS THIS was a great article
beauty tips
beauty make-up

backlink service said...

great site really

xbox forums said...

what great information thanks

xbox forums

hosting said...

great work thanks
hosting
hosting mexico
hosting en mexico

john said...

I think they are spying on us personally.

Scentsy products
Scentstsy Warmers
Scentsy wax

Eagan Fitness Center said...

Ive been following your weblog for a month or so and have picked up a ton of excellent info and loved the tactic youve structured your site.

Business broadband deals said...

I must appreciate your post which is helping us in such a great manner.
ster

Usama Faisal said...

Awesome work admin. I really appreciate your work. Keep it up. Trailer Storage

Usama Faisal said...

This is some pretty damn good information. I really love the way you've presented this article. Keep it up! Truck Parking

Usama Faisal said...

Wow, dude. This is some stuff from your side. I really like this article. Cheers! overcome your diabetes today

Usama Faisal said...

Wow, this is some awesome stuff from you. I really really appreciate your work on this so interesting topic. Thumbs up. Webdesigner Soest

Usama Faisal said...

Hi. I just wanted to drop-by and thank you for giving me such a nice set of information on this topic. I had recently been working on a project and this information will definitely take my project to another level. text your ex back examples

Usama Faisal said...

This is some awesome work from you! I really appreciate this work of yours. Thanks a million for this. best hcg drops weight loss

Hammad Aamir said...

What a wonderful article! I really loved the way you have written this information and compiled it. Really nice to see it. bandage dress

Usama Faisal said...

What an awesome article! Just too damn good. Surfing through the internet and finding this article is really a bonus for me. Thanks! browse this site

Hammad Aamir said...

This article is wonderful! I really am inspired by the author. he have compiled all the information very well and with great knowledge. Thank you.best hcg drops for weight loss

Usama Faisal said...

A wonderful post, really. I am not lying and I am not saying just so that you think that I am fake, NO. This truly is a wonderful post. www.rebelmouse.com

Usama Faisal said...

What an awesome and fantastic post. Truly wonderful. I really really like this post. It has provided me with enough information that I so desperately needed to complete my project. You don't know how happy I am. And for that I may like to thank you a million! voyance telephone gratuite

Usama Faisal said...

Pretty good work you've done on this article. I am truly impressed by the information you've provided in this article. Cheers! Laminate kitchen swiftlock

Usama Faisal said...

Great for travelers who travel often or even if you want to just travel a couple of times a year we will make it happen and meet up to your needs and every direction. Were here to help you save your money so you can be stress free during your trip! save money

Usama Faisal said...

Awesome post, man. Really love this post. Thanks for this updated information. tank tops

Usama Faisal said...

This is a very good and awesome article. It has everything that one would need to complete his project. Like me. spy on computer remotely

Usama Faisal said...

What a really really good post this is. Truly awesome. Thank you a million for this awesome post. Really respect this post! how can i make him see me as more than a friend

Usama Faisal said...

Amazing article this. Truly a remarkable piece of writing on this article. It has been said that articles like this only come once or twice in a year. Truly wonderful. web hosting reviews

Usama Faisal said...

Wow! What a really helpful article. This article is truly really helpful and great. Thank you a million lots for this article. hosting, e-commerce tips

Usama Faisal said...

The most awesome post I've ever seen. Truly great post. I think this is just the one of the best posts I've ever seen. Thanks for giving me that! http://www.rebelmouse.com/kidneystoneremovalreport/

Usama Faisal said...

Nice post this, mate. A totally rocking and excellent post. If I were you I would continue this amazing piece of work. Thumbs up! Erfahrung

Hammad Aamir said...

This is the best article I've read this week.bestseller books india

Usama Faisal said...

Well, it's settle. This post is just too good and one of the very best posts this is. Thank you, sir for letting us read this really important information through your article. Cheers, sir! buy facebook photo/status likes

Usama Faisal said...

A very nice post indeed. This post is just one of the best posts I've ever seen. Keep this good work up, man. May your article be blessed with more views. virgin hair

Usama Faisal said...

What an awesome post this has turned out to be. Never thought that you could produce this quality of work in your articles. Well, you have proven me wrong. That's why I am thumbs up. Vehicle Parking

Usama Faisal said...

This. Article. Is. Awesome. I really love the way you've written this article. The font you've selected, the size of the font. It's just perfect. https://rebelmouse.com/truthaboutcellulite

Usama Faisal said...

This is a very nice post, mate. I really love the way you've written in this article. It is just pure awesome. Keep it up, mate. Brazilian Natural Wave

Hammad Aamir said...

In 1989 I was guest curator the State of California History Museum in Sacramento for a show I created called “California Doll Artists Making History”. This show was to be the springboard for me to open my own gallery of toy makers and artisans work. This was before the internet and the concept that toys could be art was alien but I was determined. Life stepped in… art

Usama Faisal said...

A nice article this. Keep this up and soon your website might become one of the best. Supertooth Disco 2 Speaker Review

Hammad Aamir said...

This is one of the best post I've read since morning. Thanks a lot for this information. I am gratelly thankful to you. I will share this with my friends even. I really loved the love author has compiled all the information and then given it to us. Thanks a lot. hot fill

Usama Faisal said...

This is an awesome article. It compromises of every good thing that a very good article has. That is very hard to find in other articles. Thanks a lot for that. laundry appliances

Hammad Aamir said...

Wow! This blog is just too awesome! I really loved the way you have presented your website and this article. All the information is up to date and very well written. Thanks a lot. Preço da Lipoaspiração

Hammad Aamir said...

This is the best article I've read so far. The author is very good in writing these types of articles. I am very thank ful to him. Please keep your post updated like this. Thanks. buy popcorn machine

Usama Faisal said...

This is good article. I think this is just the best article. Everything is just as I needed it to be for my project. Thanks, man. I really appreciate this. elixir du suedois

Hammad Aamir said...

This post is just too awesome! I love the way author have used his brilliance to write this article. Thanks alot. Cuisinart Food Processor

Usama Faisal said...

This is a really good post. I really like the way you've written and I would like that you contribute some more information on this topic on your next article. Cheers! soft water

Hammad Aamir said...

Jwan Desai: Personal Injury Lawyer TorontoZ. Jwan Desai completed her undergraduate degree in Law Ethics and Society from the University of Toronto in 2001. She went on to complete her law degree from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. Desai Law

Hammad Aamir said...

Each round of the P90X3 Warrior Workout includes an upper body exercise, an interval exercise, a core exercise, and an explosive lower body exercise. P90X3

Hammad Aamir said...

One of the best post I've read ever since 2013. Thanks a lot. Network Marketing Tips

Hammad Aamir said...

If you are travelling from UK Airports to anywhere in Pakistan you have came to the right Place. Markhor Travel Ltd is dedicated Travel Company for people wishing to fly Islamabad,Lahore, Karachi or any where in Pakistan. Cheap flights to Pakistan

Usama Faisal said...

Thank you sir for providing me with this article. This is truly a magnificent article. Just keep on doing these type of articles. And success and fame will be guaranteed. Cheers! kuala lumpur

Usama Faisal said...

Wow! What a wonderful post this is. This is truly one of your most remarkable work. I shall remember it till I die! pembesar penis

Usama Faisal said...

This is an awesome post. One of the very best I've ever seen. Keep up this work, mate. https://www.rebelmouse.com/ct50/

Hammad Aamir said...

Innovative web design is a Bangalore based IT firm delivering high quality, cost effective, reliable and result-oriented web and based solutions on time for a global clientele. website design Bangalore

Usama Faisal said...

Wow! What a really good post this is. This post is too damn good. I really love it and the way you've composited your writing is just fabulous. Keep it up, mate! tisztitókúra.net

Usama Faisal said...

A really nice and a lovely post. I would encourage you to keep continuing this work until you die! naklejki 3d

Hammad Aamir said...

Click here to visit the official George Bryant And Abel James Caveman Feast website to purchase and download the Caveman Feast PDF ebook and complete paleo cookbook. https://www.rebelmouse.com/cavemanfeast/

Usama Faisal said...

This is an awesome article. I really love this post. I think this is one of your best articles you've uploaded ever. Keep it up, matie! Kelly Felix Bring The Fresh

Usama Faisal said...

I'd like to thank you that you provided us with this unique information. Through this article, many of my friends have benefited and I have also benefited from it. Cheers! detox blog

Usama Faisal said...

DAMN. AWESOME. POST. Truly, great. Keep it up, mate. And one more thing I want to ask from you that you keep on uploading more good information on this topic as I really need it. Looking forward to your new articles. natural health

Usama Faisal said...

What a really awesome post this is. Truly, one of the best posts I've ever witnessed to see in my whole life. Wow, just keep it up. https://www.rebelmouse.com/musclegainingsecrets2/

Usama Faisal said...

This is an awesome post! One of the very best post. And I would recommend you that you keep on updating us with the information on this topic because I need these information very badly. Looking forward to your next articles. my pc backup

Usama Faisal said...

Wow! What a really amazing post. This is just one of those amazing post that one comes across in a decade or two. Truly, amazing work. mspy.com

Usama Faisal said...

Hi, this is an awesome blog post you've uploaded. I really needed the information that you have provided here. And I'd like to thank you for that. venus factor review

Usama Faisal said...

At Kid & Shirt we are designing the next"must-have" platform for kids and their communities where we plan to engage them in a rewarding online activity that goes beyond time wasting games and frivolous chats. Get involved now and support us to make this platform a fully functioning business in the very near future. Visit www.kidandshirt.com for more information. Fundable

Usama Faisal said...

This is an awesome post. I really love the way you've presented this article. Just on of the best stuff! girlfriend activation system book

Usama Faisal said...

Am I living in a fantasy land? Is this for real? So good, awesome post. It's impossible to see such a good post in real life. My eye balls came out when I saw this post. MAGNIFICENT. storage units

Usama Faisal said...

My eyes popped out when I read this post. Every information provided here is legit and is 100% awesomely authenticated. Keep it up, mate. You surely deserve a thumbs up for this article. cara budi daya jamur tiram

Usama Faisal said...

This article is really good. It is well written. The information that you have provided is real and actual and I think this is one of the best posts. ff gold online

Usama Faisal said...

Wow! What an awesome post. Truly, one of the most read articles this is. Amazing! Keep it up. gum disease blog post

Usama Faisal said...

Very good post. I like it very very much. The information is very good. 100% authentic. Just one of the best information I've ever seen on the internet. about dental anxiety

Usama Faisal said...

What a really good post this is. Just one of the best posts on the internet nowadays is this. I couldn't find a post like this anywhere else. Hats off. the best toothpaste recipe

Hammad Aamir said...

Arizona Working Dog Academy produces single and multiple purposes working canines trained specifically to meet the eclectic needs of today’s dog handler. off leash obedience training

Hammad Aamir said...

أهلا وسهلا بك زائرنا الكريم، إذا كانت هذه زيارتك الأولى للمنتدى، فيرجى التكرم بزيارة صفحة التعليمـــات، بالضغط هنا. كما يشرفنا أن تقوم بالتسجيل بالضغط هنا إذا رغبت بالمشاركة في المنتدى، أما إذا رغبت بقراءة المواضيع والإطلاع فتفضل بزيارة القسم الذي ترغب أدناه. جلب الحبيب

Hammad Aamir said...

Best Vitamin C Serum For Face & Skin - Gives extra help for skin that is dry, sun damaged, prone to blackheads, acne and rosacea. vitamin c face serum

Usama Faisal said...

Wow, very good post. I love it very much. This is just one of the best posts I've found ever on the internet. Keep it up! جلب الحبيب

Usama Faisal said...

I really think that this article has class. This article is just the best I've seen in million years! Believe it or not this is the article I was looking for decades. You don't how much I want to thank you. elektroniske sigaretter

Hammad Aamir said...

Click here to visit the official Claire Casey Capture His Heart And Make Him Love You Forever website to purchase and download the Capture His Heart PDF ebook and complete attraction guide. capture his heart claire casey

Hammad Aamir said...

Thank you for this lovely article. I'll share this with my friends and family even. Worth reading this article. Thanks again mate. John

Hammad Aamir said...

http://karlssonondatabases.blogspot.com/2010/06/running-mysql-cluster-as-service-on.html
http://drainunblock.co.nz/

Hammad Aamir said...

The long awaited follow up to the Mike Cruickshanks massively successful Bonus Bagging is Finally with us and i have been testing it for the last 4 and a bit weeks. Profit Maximiser Review

Hammad Aamir said...

WFLSports.com is the premier destination for Fantasy Sports action! We offer daily, weekly, monthly fantasy leagues for more than 20 sports! sports gambling fantasy

Hammad Aamir said...

xeto.net is a mirror site of m9d reliable soccer betting agency since 2001. sbobet casino

How to use apple passbook in iphone? said...

Just click here to travel to the official Claire Casey Catch Their Coronary heart And How to use apple passbook in iphone? also Make Him Enjoy Anyone Permanently website to order as well as download the actual Catch Their Coronary heart PDF book as well as complete attraction Guidelines.

Zein geourge said...

I bookmark your blog and will come back in the foreseeable future. Your Guide to Paleo Sebastien Noel

Online Marketing said...

You have done a great job. I will definitely dig it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this site.
raw diet