TIMEGLASS JOURNAL – Editorial Article by Jim Lantern – Scheduled for republication 7:00 a.m. CT Thursday 17 July 2014
by Jim Lantern, Political Journalist and Science Fiction Author
ARE U.S. TAXPAYERS BEING SCAMMED BY NASA TO KEEP NASA ALIVE?
NASA keeps teasing us with claims of how much closer it is getting to finding proof of life on other planets. Each claimed discovery of another planet, including those few in the so-called “Goldilocks Zone” – habitable zone around stars, becomes another letdown with no proof of life on those planets. I understand the means used to detect those planets. It makes sense to me. Even so, each new announcement feels like “cry wolf” and gives me the gut feeling I’m being scammed. News media stunts for NASA to get more money out of the U.S. government and in turn U.S. taxpayers. By now, we should have had our own space station in Earth orbit like Space Station V in the 2001: A Space Odyssey movie. We should have our own spaceships for transporting people to and from the space station. We should have a base on the moon and a space station in orbit of the moon. Likewise a base on Mars and a space station in orbit of Mars. Then maybe spend money on looking beyond our solar system for life on planets of other stars. However, the current methods only results in detecting planets. Proof that they are inhabitable? No. Proof that they are inhabited? No. To be able to KNOW for certain, we must have the means to reach those planets and see the proof with our own eyes. Then we can also confirm the means to detect planets likely to be inhabitable is accurate. Real science requires proof, and preferably the kind of proof most people can see and understand.
- NASA scientists say they’re closer than ever to finding life beyond Earth – LA Times – 14 July 2014.
- NASA: Humans Will Prove ‘We Are Not Alone In The Universe’ Within 20 Years – CBS – 15 July 2014.
New “James Webb” space telescope to be launched in 2018.
The NSA with their spy satellites will probably find aliens long before NASA or SETI does!
Perhaps we need not look beyond planet Earth. Perhaps we have already found the aliens, and they are us!
We have found the Aliens
and they are us!
– Variation of the famous Pogo quote, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” It sums up the attitude of cartoonist Walt Kelly, creator of Pogo, towards the foibles of mankind and the nature of the human condition.
- The quote was a parody of a message sent in 1813 from U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry to Army General William Henry Harrison after his victory in the Battle of Lake Erie, stating, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.” It first appeared in a lengthier form in “A Word to the Fore”, the foreword of the book The Pogo Papers, first published in 1953. Since the strips reprinted in Papers included the first appearances of Mole and Simple J. Malarkey, beginning Kelly’s attacks on McCarthyism, Kelly used the foreword to defend his actions:
- “Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self-conscious expostulation and the desire to join battle. There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us. Forward!” —Walt Kelly, June 1953
- The finalized version of the quotation appeared in a 1970 anti-pollution poster for Earth Day and was repeated a year later in the daily strip.
HERE BE MONSTERS!
We humans have trouble accepting our own differences, frequently engaging in bloody violent conflicts because of such differences. What is acceptable in one culture or community might not be acceptable in another culture or community. Just look at what is exposed at night under the light of the full moon and it goes around planet Earth!
What will happen when we finally meet real space aliens who are significantly different than us, whose ways of life are truly alien? If we humans can’t learn to accept our own differences, then what will happen when we finally do encounter people from another planet? Go to war with them? Or accept our differences and engage in peaceful trade? The reverse is also of great concern. Will they accept us or declaring war on us? It appears to me there’s more profit in mutual acceptance. First, we must learn how to accept each other here on planet Earth.
Probably on an interstellar map used by aliens, Earth is marked with the ancient mariner warning: HERE BE MONSTERS!
ARE SCIENCE FICTION AUTHORS REALLY ALIENS FROM OTHER PLANETS?
It is of course with humor that I suggest the possibility that some science fiction authors are really aliens from other planets. However, I seriously suggest a way by which that might actually be possible. After all, where else would such amazing and bizarre ideas come from, if not from aliens who have come to planet Earth from distant planets where they have had life experiences?
This is not to suggest that any science fiction authors physically arrived on this planet as humans from other planets, although that could be a totally different possibility. Rather, this is to suggest that their souls came to this planet from other planets, and were then born into Earth human life. There are two ways that is possible…
- They came here in alien physical form aboard starships during a long ago expedition, died here, and then their alien souls were reincarnated into Earth human life.
- They came here by means of Soul Travel…
“Beam my soul to Earth.”
ARE THERE EARTH HUMANS WHO HAVE ALIEN SOULS?
By soul travel I mean their souls were removed from their physical bodies on their home planets, sent over a beam of light or by other means that is faster-than-light, and are then born into a human lives or otherwise took possession of Earth humans. Meantime, their original physical bodies are stored in hibernation until they return. Upon physical death in human form, they are then returned to their home planets, to be placed back into their original bodies, or to be reincarnated into new natural or manufactured artificial bodies.
The purpose would be to engage in the sharing of knowledge as a form of trade, since they can’t bring physical cargo with them for trade with the means of travel being spiritual. While living here, they give their remembered knowledge to humans, or sell it as a means to get money to live on. Maybe famous inventors had the souls of aliens. Also, the alien soul travelers learn from humans, and then return to their home world with that acquired knowledge.
Earth humans who have alien souls eventually remember their alien past, perhaps during dreams and nightmares, which some of them then write about in the form of science fiction, if not provable science.
We might travel to their worlds by the same means. What if it is possible to remove the human soul without causing the death of the physical body? The body is placed into a long term cold sleep hibernation chamber. The human soul is removed and sent over a beam of light or by other means to a distant inhabited planet, like sending a message on a beam of light. The human soul is received there, and then placed into an alien body. It could be a fully developed adult alien body, or it might be necessary for the human soul to be born into an alien baby – to then grow up on the alien planet – to naturally learn the language and culture of that world. You then have the right kind of physical body to be able to function in the environment and culture of the alien world. The next step is to restore your Earth human memories. You can’t bring physical cargo with you for trade, but you can bring knowledge with you for trade. Knowledge is power and has great value worth trading for. They learn from you, and you learn from them. Finally, after a lifetime there, your soul is returned by light beam or other means to Earth, where you are placed back into your original body after it is removed from hibernation. Or you are born into a new body. You have brought back to Earth with you in the memories of your soul the knowledge you gained while living on the alien world. That is soul travel.
The idea of “migration of souls” was an important subject of the 1998 TV movie Babylon 5: In the Beginning, based on the TV series, in which the Minbari discover some Earth humans have reincarnated Minbari souls. It is that discovery that caused the Minbari to abruptly end the Earth-Minbari War. It was written by J. Michael Straczynski. Perhaps Straczynski actually has a Minbari soul, has remembered all of that from a past life, and then presented it as science fiction. Of course, that’s not a story of the past, but is a vision of the future. Even so, something like that could have happened between the people of two different planets long ago and far away, similar to Star Wars created by George Lucas.
Consider http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_MacDougall_(doctor) for proof and weight of the human soul…
In 1901, Dr. Duncan MacDougall weighed 6 patients, who were suffering from tuberculosis in an old age home, while they were just hours away from dying. Their beds, with the patients on them, were placed on an industrial sized scale, which could measure differences in grams. His theory was that the human soul has measurable mass by weight. Just moments after death, each patient lost 21 grams, which is believed to be the weight of the soul, and is believed to be proof of the existence of a soul. Light has energy and that energy, according to Einstein’s E = mc2, is closely related to mass, which has weight in a gravitational force. But what is the soul made of? How was it created? What is its means of transportation? Where did it come from before being born into a physical life? Where did it go or return to after the death of its physical body?
JUST VISITING THIS PLANET?
The energy of the cells of the physical body produce the unconscious mind and therein the id. The energy of the cells of the brain produce the conscious mind, subconscious, and therein the ego. The energy of the cells of the superphysical body of the soul, made from supermatter, produce the superconscious mind and therein the superego, being that which we truly are spiritually. We are not our physical bodies. We are the superconscious mind and superego located within the spiritual body of the soul. The physical body is like a car, and the spiritual soul is the driver.
That which we truly are is spiritual. We come to Earth in spiritual form from the spiritual universe. We use a body for transportation, which has been designed to be able to live in the environment of this world, like using an avatar in virtual reality, while visiting this world. When we are finished, the physical body is no longer needed and we spiritually return to where we came from. Perhaps the physical universe is the virtual reality for spiritual beings who live in the spiritual universe.
We are all “just visiting this planet” as announced on a car bumper sticker I saw. Perhaps “See Earth and die!” shouts a travel ad for souls living in the realm of heaven within the spiritual universe. It’s the equivalent of “See Paris and die!” Meaning, there’s nothing better in life to see, so after you’ve seen it you might as well die. If my physical life here on Earth is just a vacation, then I’m going to demand a refund upon returning home!
POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS IDEAS IN SCIENCE FICTION:
I’m very interested in political ideas in science fiction and religious ideas in science fiction. [Read those Wikipedia articles.] I’m especially interested in alternate history, time paradoxes, and time travel.
My favorite quote: “All we can imagine is probably not half as crazy as the truth.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke in his 2010: Odyssey Two novel. Of that, I have no doubt.
Maybe the black monoliths in the 2001: A Space Odyssey novel by Arthur C. Clarke, and 1968 movie, were interstellar gateways and starships of aliens who have visited this planet.
DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION:
It is unlikely we will anytime in the near future develop faster-than-light means of space travel, such as Star Trek’s warp drive or Stargate’s worm holes. We will probably be limited to conventional space travel within our own solar system…
Conventional space ship voyages between inhabited planets of different star systems is not practical. Distances are too great, so it would take too long to voyage to and return from other inhabited or inhabitable planets. During such a long voyage, if undertaken, the crew and passengers would have to be placed in hibernation chambers. Otherwise, they would need to carry vast amounts of air, water, food, and other needed supplies for such a long voyage. It could take more than one lifetime just to reach an inhabited or inhabitable planet of another star system, and so “generation ships” would be needed. The voyagers would have to be shielded from radiation in space. They would need to exercise frequently to help reduce loss of bone and muscle mass.
WAR OF THE WORLDS – GENETICS AND ALIEN IMMUNITY – DO EARTH HUMANS WITH ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES HAVE ALIEN DNA?
Remember the ending of the original War of the Worlds novel and movie. The invading Martians “succumbed to pathogenic bacteria, to which they have no immunity.” Maybe Earth humans who have health disorders, such as bronchial asthma and allergies, carry within them alien DNA from aliens who visited Earth long ago, or RNA defects caused by oxidants here on Earth. They were not genetically designed to live here on Earth.
Upon arrival on another inhabited or inhabitable planet, Earth humans would not likely have immunity to bacteria and viruses originating on that alien world. Water and air would have to be purified. Even the kind of pollen in the air on an alien world from alien plants could get into unfiltered Earth human lungs and cause fatal allergies and asthma attacks, perhaps going into anaphylactic shock resulting in death. Other differences in environment, such as atmospheric pressure and temperature, could make it impossible for Earth humans to live out in the open without special environmental suits.
Another problem, visiting another planet inhabited by intelligent life forms similar to Earth humans, but not human like us, could be major differences in language or how the people of that world communicate with each other. Also, education, kind and level of intelligence, morals, laws, day-to-day living, vast cultural differences, etc. Get the picture? We might not fit in very well with their world.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – BASED ON A TRUE STORY?
Glen A. Larson, a Mormon, created the original Battlestar Galactica TV series in 1978. He based some content on Mormon beliefs, such as the planet named Kobol in Battlestar Galactica’s episode Lost Planet of the Gods…
…It is known as Kolob in Mormon scripture. Kolob is mentioned in the Book of Abraham. Some of the Mormons believe the Book of Abraham was translated from an Egyptian papyrus scroll by Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to that book, Kolob is the heavenly body nearest to the throne of God. Not all Mormons accept that belief and the Book of Abraham. Perhaps Glen A. Larson has the reincarnated soul of an alien from Kobol, or one of the other planets in Battlestar Galactica. Perhaps that TV series is actually based on real events, long ago, but perhaps not so far away.
Some Mormon beliefs, and some of what Glen A. Larson presented in Battlestar Galactica, might tie in with the claims of ancient aliens in the Chariots of the Gods? book published by Erich von Däniken in 1968. It involves the belief that the “religions and technology” of some ancient human civilizations were given to them by visiting alien explorers who were welcomed as gods. Scholars believe the Nazca Lines, a series of ancient geoglyphs located on the Nazca Desert in southern Peru, were created by the Nazca people between the years 400 and 650. The visiting aliens were likely there then or before then. The lines are shallow designs made in the ground by removing the reddish pebbles and uncovering the grey-white colored ground beneath. Hundreds are simple lines or geometric shapes. More than seventy are zoomorphic designs of animals such as birds, fish, llamas, jaguar, monkey, stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, lizards, and some human figures. Other designs include phytomorphic shapes such as trees and flowers. They are not visible as such from ground level. For the shapes to be recognized, they must be viewed from high up, such as from an airplane flying over, or a spaceship. The largest figures are over 660 feet (about 200 meters) across. Scholars differ in interpreting the purpose of the designs, but most believe they had a religious purpose.
For most of humankind’s evolutionary history, multiple human-like species shared the earth. As recently as 40,000 years ago, Homo sapiens lived alongside several kindred forms, including the Neanderthals and tiny Homo floresiensis. For decades scientists have debated exactly how H. sapiens originated and came to be the last human species standing. Thanks in large part to genetic studies in the 1980s, one theory emerged as the clear front-runner. In this view, anatomically modern humans arose in Africa and spread out across the rest of the Old World, completely replacing the existing archaic groups. Exactly how this novel form became the last human species on the earth is mysterious. Perhaps the invaders killed off the natives they encountered, or out-competed the strangers on their own turf, or simply reproduced at a higher rate. However it happened, the newcomers seemed to have eliminated their competitors without interbreeding with them.
This recent African Replacement model, as it is known, has essentially served as the modern human origins paradigm for the past 25 years. Yet mounting evidence indicates that it is wrong. Recent advances in DNA-sequencing technology have enabled researchers to dramatically scale up data collection from living people as well as from extinct species. Analyses of these data with increasingly sophisticated computational tools indicate that the story of our family history is not as simple as most experts thought. It turns out that people today carry DNA inherited from Neanderthals and other archaic humans, revealing that early H. sapiens mated with these other species and produced fertile offspring who were able to hand this genetic legacy down through thousands of generations. In addition to upsetting the conventional wisdom about our origins, the discoveries are driving new inquiries into how extensive the interbreeding was, which geographical areas it occurred in and whether modern humans show signs of benefiting from any of the genetic contributions from our prehistoric cousins.
As for our future…
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