Many theories of UFO visitation have been pro-offered over the years, usually bumping up against the scientific rigors of the Fermi Paradox and the Drake Equation.
Now Pawel Sobkowicz, a Business Development Manager at Neoris, Warsaw, Poland, has written a paper discussing why the scientific community should take the UFO phenomenon, cattle mutilations and alien abductions seriously:
Popular culture (movies, SF literature) and witness accounts of close encounters with extrater-
restrials provide a rather bizarre image of Aliens behavior on Earth. It is far from stereotypes of
human space exploration. The reported Aliens are not missions of diplomats, scientists nor even
invasion fleets; typical encounters are with lone ETs (or small groups), and involve curious behav-
ior: abductions and experiments (often of sexual nature), cattle mutilations, localized killing and
mixing in human society using various methods. Standard scientific explanations of these social
memes point to influence of cultural artifacts (movies, literature) on social imagination, projection
of our fears and observations of human society, and, in severe cases, psychic disorder of the involved
individuals. In this work we propose an alternate explanation, claiming that the memes might be
the result of observations of actual behavior of true Aliens, who, visiting Earth behave in a way that
is then reproduced by such memes. The proposal would solve, in natural way, the Fermi paradox.
Read the full paper here. Of course Sobkowicz only has one culture to draw from when he wrote the paper, our human one. But it makes for fascinating reading and gives good reasons for scientific inquiry of the UFO phenomenon.
Hat tip to The Daily Grail.
The Standard Model responsible for creating other Universes?
Louis Crane, K-State professor of mathematics, is studying new theories about why the universe is the way it is. He has a grant from the Foundational Questions Institute to study new approaches to the quantum theory of gravity, his primary research area as both a mathematician and a physicist. Crane hopes to uncover implications of these theories for the origin and the future of life.
He said that the standard model, which is the accepted theory of physics, has a large number of fundamental constants. Examples are the strengths of fundamental forces and the masses of fundamental particles.
What complicates things, Crane said, is that the theory does not explain the values of these constants. Rather, they are known by measurement and put into equations by hand.
“If they had just slightly different values, we would live in a different universe,” Crane said. “If they were a little different, we wouldn’t be here.”
“Life couldn’t exist if stars didn’t shine for billions of years,” Crane said. “Only a fine-tuning in the constants causes them to do so. Another fine-tuning in the constants causes carbon, the foundation of life, to be abundant.”
Crane suggests that if he is correct that artificial black holes are possible, then successful industrial civilizations — maybe ours — will eventually produce them. That’s because at a certain size they would be a perfect energy source for interstellar travel.
“I started doing calculations and found that the right-sized black hole to fuel a starship is just on the edge of what’s possible,” he said. “If you can build one, it has implications for the future of life because we would eventually spread life throughout the galaxy if we could build starships.”
Black holes are believed to produce a new universe on the other end of the singularity, but one that lies in our future and is always out of reach. Yet such universes, Crane said, also would be fine-tuned to produce life, civilizations and, eventually, more black holes.
“If this is possible, then we will fill the universe with life,” he said. “I’m suggesting that life forms are part of a grand evolutionary cycle, which includes universes and black holes.”
This is rife with Anthropic Principle (that in of itself is a misnomer) doctrine.
Now I’m not a physicist, but I’ve read enough over the past two years to conclude that yes, present observable evidence seems to indicate that the Universe might follow a biological nature, i.e., it is suitable for life because humans are here to observe it. I get that.
But so far there is only a sample size of one, us, to verify that hypothesis. There is simply not enough evidence to conclude that human beings, ergo, intelligent life (some would argue that) did not appear by pure chance and accident.
And the Standard Model is questioned not only by Electric Universe folks, but by others as well because of such concepts as dark energy/matter.
Stay tuned folks.
Sunday’s (6/14/09) Paracast features Dr. David M. Jacobs and Budd Hopkins in a “square table’ discussion of alien abductions, MIBs, possible alien/human hybrid programs, just what these ‘beings’ might be and other possible reasons for perceived abduction scenarios.
Interesting topic and conversation.