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And may UAPs save our culture from terminal boredom and senility.
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Tim Ventura’s YouTube show is one of the best. The list of Tim’s recent guests seems a Who’s Who of highly imaginative visionaries. Frank Tipler, Jack Sarfatti, J. Storrs Hall, Robert Zubrin, Avi Loeb, Max More, James Woodward, Stuart Kauffman to name a few, and so many more.
Tim interviews all those I really want to listen to. I like that he keeps all interviews shortish (40 minutes or so) and to the point. These highly imaginative visionaries are so much more interesting than the boring bureaucrats of science that defend the scientific consensus of yesterday against the new science of tomorrow.
Of course, now and then it happens that the visionary scientists are wrong and the bureaucrats of science are right. And I must concede that the bureaucrats play a useful role. But so what? If a visionary scientist is right only once, the breakthrough could change the world and make it much better.
Everyone is talking about the recent hearing at the US House of Representatives on Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAPs, aka UFOs). According to UAP whistleblowers, the U.S. authorities have known of alien visitors for decades, and recovered alien spacecraft and bodies. They’re trying to reverse-engineer alien ultratech and, of course, they are hiding everything from the public with silence and active disinformation. Watch Tim Ventura’s interviews with Jack Sarfatti (1, 2).
Avi Loeb says: “Just pay attention to the factual information presented by the witnesses. Think of yourself as a juror in a courtroom and decide whether to believe the witnesses.” But also, in conclusion: “Having sentient partners would bring a new meaning to our existence in the vast cosmos that until now looked dark and lonely.”
This is my own attitude: I’m waiting for more information with an open mind. I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to be yet another empty conspiracy theory. In fact, I’m somewhat skeptic because I don’t think we could detect the ultratech of really advanced aliens.
But I’m also hopeful: I think confirmed evidence of alien origin of UAPs would be the best thing that could happen to our culture and society.
Avi Loeb is the renowned Harvard astrophysicist who suggested that Oumuamua could be an alien spaceship (see his 2021 book “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth”). More recently, Loeb has claimed to have recovered material from an interstellar meteor that could be evidence of an alien starship. See his “Diary of an Interstellar Voyage” posts and wait for his book “Interstellar: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Our Future in the Stars,” to be published in a few weeks. In the meantime, watch Tim Ventura’s interview with Avi Loeb.
Here’s a powerful quote from early UFO investigator J. Allen Hynek:
“I hold it entirely possible that a technology exists which encompasses both the physical and the psychic, the material and the mental. There are stars that are millions of years older than the sun. There may be a civilization that is millions of years more advanced than man's.
We have gone from Kitty Hawk to the moon in some seventy years, but it’s possible that a million-year-old civilization may know something that we don’t. I hesitate to introduce a term, for fear that it will suffer the fate of the term ‘flying saucer,’ but I hypothesize an ‘M&M’ technology encompassing the mental and material realms.
The psychic realm, so mysterious to us today, may be an ordinary part of an advanced technology, just as integrated circuits are part of our technology today but were unknown a hundred years ago…
We are just beginning to sense the relationship between mind and matter: Out-of-body phenomena suggest that consciousness can exist apart from protoplasm, which in itself does not imply consciousness. A worm is protoplasm but not conscious - in the sense we use the term. Perhaps the psychic realm, which we think is so different from our nuts-and bolts technology, is part and parcel of the technology of a more advanced civilization, one that uses mental products as we use integrated circuits…
Maybe there is a parallel reality around us which we don't understand and which occasionally interfaces with our present reality…
Furthermore, I believe the UFO phenomenon is making us aware of another aspect of the universe and of ourselves: a new adventure is at hand. Exploration of the earth is pretty much a thing of the past - but exploration of new realms, the realm of the UFO and related phenomena, is just beginning. We are at the frontier.”
Source: J. Allen Hynek, “Proceedings of the First International UFO Congress” (1980).
I posted the first part of this quote to X (formerly known as Twitter), and the similarity with “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence” (a quote often attributed to Nikola Tesla, but I’ve never found the source), was immediately noticed.
I prefer Hynek’s “M&M” to Tesla’s “non-physical” because this futurist science wouldn’t be non-physical but physical, only different from today’s physics. I call it futurist science because it is the kind of science that the Italian futurists would praise (see “Thoughts on the manifesto of futurist science (1916)”. I also call it “irrational mechanics,” which is the title of Part 3 of my book “Tales of the Turing Church.”
The politically correct bureaucrats of science would dismiss irrational mechanics as irrational pseudoscience, but I prefer to think of it as real and better science, just like adding irrational numbers turns the little boring pedestrian set of rational numbers into the infinitely bigger and much more fun set of real numbers.
I guess the ghosts of Cantor, Gödel, Turing, and Mandelbrot will be all over the future science of irrational mechanics, riddleld with undecidable fractal infinities of paths to wonderful places of power. Irrational mechanics will eventually open the door to faster than light travel, time travel, psychic engineering, and technological resurrection. If the laws of physics have something to object, fuck the laws of physics, and we’ll overwrite them. Perhaps the UFO operators have already overwritten the laws of physics.
I’m pleased to see that Karl Svozil, a theoretical physicist who authored “Physical (A)Causality: Determinism, Randomness and Uncaused Events” (2018), a book that seems a prelude to the future science of irrational mechanics, is taking an interest in UAPs. Svozil has recently published a book titled “UFOs - Unidentified Aerial Phenomena: Observations, Explanations and Speculations” (2023).
Svozil recommends to investigate UAPs with both “an open mind and healthy skepticism,” but doesn’t hide his hope that “some inhabitants of these vehicles, if they exist, will divulge the secrets encoded in their propulsion drive.”
“This would enable humankind to free itself from the bounds of Earth and travel quickly and conveniently to the stars.”
Anyway, he says, “the UFO phenomenon embodies our hopes, aspirations, and objectives, encompassing all that we endeavor to achieve.”
I totally agree. UFOs/UAPs could be real, or not. They might be operated by aliens, time travelers, visitors from other planes of reality, or by even weirder entities, or they might not exist at all. Time will tell, hopefully. But come what may, UFOs/UAPs are very real and very important as a cultural phenomenon.
It is like we dimly sense that the universe is so much bigger than our boring neighborhood, and we want to reach for cosmic wonders. We also sense that our culture is falling into politically correct mediocrity, terminal boredom, and senility, and we look at UFOs/UASs as saviors.
Despite some skepticism, I’m one of so many hopeful hitchhikers on the extraterrestrial highway. If you are one of us my message to you is, feel free to hope, ignore the bureaucrats of science, and may ET come and offer you a ride. Science - not the fake science of the bureaucrats but the real science of the real scientists, rigorous but also highly imaginative and open minded - will open the road to the stars and beyond.
As Hynek said, we are at the frontier.
In a few days Stellar Magnet and I will talk about these things on the Turing Church Discord server. If you want to participate, join our Discord if you haven’t joined already, and stay tuned for the date/time. The chat will be recorded and published in the Turing Church podcast.