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Alien Life? Who Needs Lizard Men? There Is A Universe Of Ideas Out There.

August 23, 2016

by Ian R Thorpe
6 August, 2016

Since before civilization began there have been prophets, visionaries, dreamers (or dickheads according to one’s point of view) who have had a very different perspective on life, the universe and everything.* to that held by the mainstream of society. In the Book of Revelation, Saint John the Divine claimed to have seen ‘a new heaven and a new earth’. Chaucer, in the Dream Vision The House of Fame, travels into the heavens on the back of an eagle, which tells him that ‘in this region, certeyn, dwelleth many a citezeyn’.

An idea popular among theoretical physicists which they probably think is new (such people are to be pitied for their naive belief in science, reason and logic,) is the theory of the multiverse, an infinite number of dimensions in each of which exists a separate universe. The idea is not new, as you might expect of any ‘new’ idea proposed by theoretical physicists (they’re good at equations but otherwise not very bright.) Giordano Bruno in the sixteenth century argued for an infinite number of inhabited worlds, with intelligent beings existing on other planets throughout the universe.

Until two hundred years ago, the visionaries and the dreamers controlled the game. The belief that the universe was only a few thousand years old was so well embedded in the human psyche that Shakespeare’s Rosalind could mention it in passing: ‘The poor world is almost 6,000 years old.’ In such a young universe only intelligent design could be a satisfactory explanation for complexity and diversity of life, and a God-created universe could contain all kinds of wonders. It is no surprise that William Blake saw angels in the trees of Peckham Rye, (anyone following his footsteps today would see plastic carrier bags and condoms) and that Emanuel Swedenborg claimed he had conversed with spirits from Mars, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter and the moon.

In the centuries following the renaissance of the sciences our understanding of the universe has been completely transformed and with it our knowledge of life on Earth. Geology provides the timeline for evolution; Darwin and his followers described the processes involved. Our more recent understanding of DNA and the workings of genetics provide the tool kit for evolutionary processes. On Earth, instead of regarding ourselves as a unique species, created in the image of our creator we now realise that homo sapiens sapiens (man who knows he knows) is the survivor of a large genus of hominids. It is only the relatively recent extinction of our most persistent competitors, the Neanderthals, that has led us to imagine a human – centric universe.

The change in our universe – view was initially from speculation to investigation, from vision to observation. Every decade has brought new discoveries that broadened our knowledge and understanding of the world to the point we have at last reached: now on the threshold of truly wondrous advances in understanding our scientists seem hellbent on abandoning scientific study in favour of speculation and theory once more.

Astronomers and physicists claim we are on the threshold of discovering planets that could support lifeforms similar to ours, lifeforms that we could recognise and investigate on a scientific basis. The pace of discovery is rapid and accelerating, because we recognise the significance of the search and are devoting enormous resources to it. This only proves what a bunch of dickheads, fuckwits and tunnel visioned idiots physicists really are. They cannot see beyond their own narrow interests. There may be planets out there on which Homo Heidelbergensis – or Homo Neranderthalis, like species are surviving as primitive humans did. There might just as well be highly developed species who regard our civilizations as no more significant than ant’s nests and who would suck us up in a tractor beam into the belly of their mothership to reduce us to basic nutrients.

The scientists who talk about making contact with aliens (based on the flimsiest of evidence that there might, just might, by some one in a billion chance there could be a planet orbiting some distant star that might, just might, by some one in a billion chance support a life form like ours that really wants to be best mates with humanity and go for picnics, attend the First Church of Christ Astronaut services and support “liberal” causes with us are crazy. These are the people who want to spend whatever it takes on discovering the fundamental particle that holds everything together (the Higgs Boson or God particle) and yet vehemently deny the existence of God. These are the nut jobs who are turning science into a religion. Their kind of science has replaced observation, experiment, investigation and critical analysis with dogma, made icons of mathematical models and the statistics they produce, turned untestable theories into a creed and scriptures, and insisted things that may or may not have happened unimaginable distances away and incredibly long ago have been proved by speculative mathematics and statistics derived by subjectively interpreting data. Hand having deluded themselves into believing their fantasies are true they stand on a bogus scientific authority to insist these truths are unchallengeable.

The only reason people would try to convince the world that such infantile fantasies are in fact true is they have such limited intelligence they cannot deal with abstract ideas. Thus they insist that Big Bang Theory is a proven fact, when in fact it is just another variation on creationism. Leaving aside the creation myth of The Book Of Genesis which is really two creation myths in one, some creation stories are quite interesting. The alt_creation in the New Testament’s Gospel of St. John for example, which starts “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” OK, what does it mean, you might well ask.  Nobody can really tell you with any certainty, but here’s an idea. The word for God in one of the regional dialects (there was no cohesive ‘Hebrew’ language, but many dialects of Aramaic, the common tongue of the middle east region) was Ea or Jah. This means “I am.” So we are led to ask is the creation really the dawning of consciousness? Think that’s bollocks? Renaissance artist Michaelangelo didn’t. Below is his depiction “The creation of Adam,” from the ceiling in Rome’s Sistine Chapel. Note how God is not forming Adam from clay as in the Genesis version, but is reaching out to touch a fully formed human. For what? To bestow the gift of consciousness perhaps?

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That’s one take on creation, the one in the Zoroastrian Avesta is in some ways similar. The Zoroastrians were great astrologers (in the true sense – study of the movements of stars, not fortune telling) and knew the earth was round. Their god, Ormazd or Ahuru Mazda however created the world of intelligent humans by flattening it (making maps possible) and ‘squaring the circle’ (mathematics) so that area and distance could be measures. Thus in  a way the development of those arts and sciences gave us consciousness by granting our ancestors the ability to be aware of their place in our environment.

My personal favourite creation story belongs to the Uitoto people of the Orinoco rain forest in South America. Here’s how Sacred Texts presents it:

In the beginning, the word gave origin to the Father. A phantasm, nothing else existed in the beginning; the Father touched an illusion, he grasped something mysterious. Nothing existed. Through the agency of a dream our Father Naimuena [he who is or has a phantasm] kept the mirage to his body, and he pondered long and thought deeply. Nothing existed, not even a stick to support the vision: our Father attached the illusion to the thread of a dream and kept it by the aid of his breath.

Don’t get carried away by your rationalism, I said I like the story, not that I believe it. But you will find plenty of respected philosophers and scientists in the developed world who will argue that our world is an illusion, what we see is not solid objects but energy (light) reflected off objects.And physics can offer us no better explanation of matter than that it is highly compressed energy. We really understand very little about the universe of which we are part.

Twenty years ago it was agreed that while in a universe estimated to contain hundreds of billions of galaxies each comprised of hundreds of billions of stars anything might be possible and it was very likely there were other intelligent life forms out there, we had no positive evidence of the existence of extra solar planets. Now scientists claim we know of 700, and the Kepler mission indicates that there may be 50 billion in our galaxy alone. Already the astrophysicist Steven Vogt has claimed that the likelihood of life existing on the unromantically named planet Gliese 581g is ‘100%’. But what real evidence is there of this. A bunch of people whose living comes from taxpayers funded sinecures, they are paid by us to spend their lives sitting around stargazing in other words, have looked at electro magnetic radiation coming from space in the region where these stars and their planets are though to be and interpreted it; “Oh look at that frequency pattern, from my equations using data extrapolated from mathematical models of the universe, we see clear evidence this energy has passed close by a body with an Oxygen / Nitrogen atmosphere on which carbon based life forms might be able to flourish.” Evidence? It wouldn’t stand up in a court of law. Scientists, in spite of their delusions, are just human beings and like the rest of us are inclined to see what they expect to see.

Obviously claims such as Vogt’s are complete bollocks. One only has to note the ways in which words like might, maybe, possibly and chance are used to see the authors of such guff are just phishing for research grants. In fact even a lay person reading this account will ascertain that Vogt’s childish enthusiasm for playing with Star Wars toys finding evidence of alien life has got the better of his common sense. The joint discoverer of Gliese 581g is a little more objective however, as the link shows.

Alpha Centauri, the nearest star cluster is over 4 years journey away at the speed of light (186,000 miles or about 300,000 km per second). The fastest spacecraft we have ever launched however would take 70,000 years to reach the closest star in Alpha Centauri. We should not forget that the universe, defined as that which is with the shock wave that has emanated out from Big Bang at the speed of light for 13 billion years (estimated) is … chuffing big. Now a light year is the distance travelled by light at the aforementioned speed and our fastest spacecraft as at March 2011 when I looked it up is 17 km per second (around 11 miles) although that is in a heliocentic orbit, the fastest we have on a trajectory that will take it out of our solar system is going at a mere 15.75 km per second because of the effect of solar gravity. I carried out that little exercise in response to a bunch of “scientists” who were yelling about how important it was for governments and international agencies to start throwing money into a fiscal black hole named “Let’s build spaceship to take us half witted wankers to the stars.” To put this into perspective our current fastest spacecraft would reach the nearest star, the Alpha Centauri constellation, in 70,000 years. And to get to Gliese 581g, the nearest planet yet discovered that might just might, possibly support some form of life, would take 20 times as long. Ad think how disappointed those scientists would be if they found life on that planet had not evolved beyond the amoeba stage or worse still had become extinct during humanity’s journey to greet them.

If we were to commission an exploratory expedition lasting say 40 years to Proxima Centauri, the closest star in the Alpha Centauri group at a distance of approx 4.2 light years from earth we would need to build a spacecraft capable of a tenth the speed of light, 18,600 miles or 30,000 kilometers per second. Now remember that what we have now, even with the pedal to the metal will only do 16 km per second. It is not science these imbeciles are talking about, it’s science fiction.

Not only do we have not have any new technology on the horizon capable of achieving such speeds but new materials would be needed to resist the stresses on the spacecraft and very possibly a completely new type of human being to cope with conditions on board the craft and devote forty years of their life to something that pointless.

What would be the consequences of the discovery of alien life, even if it were of the merest microbial life form on a planet orbiting a distant star? Well apart from “scientists” all round the world having a spontaneous orgasm and running off to change their underwear, none at all. If such a planet were to be discovered in our solar system it would be a different matter but no such planet exists in our solar system. Our species has developed its beliefs, its cultures, its religions on the basis of our uniqueness, on the idea that we are alone, the only truly intelligent life form in the universe. Some believe this universe was specifically designed for us – and I am not just talking of religious creationists here. Physicist Dr. John Gribben (In Search Of The Multiverse) proposes the universe may have been designed by an intelligent life for much like ourselves – I do not agree but it is an idea and this article is about ideas not mathematics. Incontrovertible proof that we are not alone would force us to reexamine all our knowledge, to build new theories of life, its origins, its diversity, perhaps its purpose. If we discover one life form we will discover many, for the universe is vast and the number of stars almost uncountable. Somewhere out there, almost certainly, would be life forms that possess intelligence recognisably like our own, for they will have developed by the same laws of evolution, bound by the same physics and chemistry that we know on Earth. Should we prioritize seeking contact with these hypothetical life forms, ahead of matters like feeding our growing population of meeting increasing demand for food, water and raw materials. What if they turn out to be bigger, harder and more technically advance than us … and complete bastards to boot.

Though the level of our current knowledge suggests humans will be earth bound for the foreseeable future there is a universe of ideas out there in the deep space of our minds waiting to be explored. In addition to Gribben’s Designer Universe we have the possibilities of Quantum Entanglements which I have written about in a deliberately provocative way, the Morphic Resonance theory proposed by biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and the ideas of many other pioneers in various branches of the sciences. And then there are the ideas of philosophers, both humanist and religious, the philosophies of established religions and the speculations of modern visionaries, artists, poets and writers. I find it particularly sad that among people who claim to be “scientists” (though in reality they are science fans, a dogmatic approach has taken hold. These people will try to suppress or shout down discussion of interesting, off – message ideas because they are convinced there is only one idea and one way of thinking that can possibly be right.

* Life, the universe and everything: a line from Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy. I mention it because in an article some time ago when I used this very well known phrase one of those cupid stunts who commented, the type of person whose only contribution to the exchange of ideas on the internet is to attack original thought and try to suppress free discussion accused me of plagiarism in a pathetic attempt to discredit my article.

The Battle Of Ideas festival

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It Doesn’t Take Much To get Scientists Excited

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It Doesn’t Take Much To Get Scientists Excited

November 13, 2014
Space probe Philae of the Rosetta mission on the comet (or Yoda’s House?)

Yesterday we saw on television news bulletins pictures of scientists jumping up and down, screaming and shouting and generally behaving they way we would expect from Liverpool football supporters if they heard Mario Balotelli had been transferred to another club.

What was the cause of this celebrationete? You might well ask.

It seems the pointy heads were worked up because they had landed a space probe, The Rosetta Mission, on the surface of a comet. Or maybe not, later news reports said the capsule had not attached itself to the surface of the comet, some even said it had bounced back into space again.

No matter, today we hear it is down once more. The scientists are in a somewhat calmer frame of mind though still ebullient.

‘Rosetta mission could unlock key to alien life,’ says lead Philae lander scientist

“For Jean-Pierre Bibring, the astrophysicist who has worked on the Rosetta mission for over two decades, the crucial question of our very existence could be found on that relatively tiny spot in the solar system.

“When you observe the solar system now, actually we do not understand why life started here. We are convinced that really the keys were in the origin of the system itself; the process that’s really governed the modeling of different pass-ways,” Bibring said on Wednesday.”

“We are essentially convinced that these molecules, with their specific composition and structures, when they were fed in the oceans of the earth and possibly of other planets, were the missing link to the emergence of life,” he continued.

Bibring extols the “beauty” of the comet, saying it has the ability to preserve the composition of the ingredients out of which the entire solar system formed.” (Source)

There seem to be far more dogmas and established truths in that than the detached objectivity we expect from scientists.

While other scientists are chanting the “mantra “We will learn so much from this,” the way they do when asked what the moon landing actually achieved (forgetting that all we learned from putting men on the moon was that it isn’t made of cheese). Its the standard justification for flushing shitloads of taxpayers’ money down the toilet on pointless projects run by people who make no distinction between research ans science fiction of course. WTF possible benefit can there be in having another few thousand theories about the origins of life? They are emerging already.

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Last April, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope team discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” – the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. (Really they observed a change in the radiated light from that star which suggested a planet sized object had passed between it and earth. As it would take our fastest spacecraft about 100,000 years to reach that star system we ain’t going to be finding our for sure any time soon.

Some scientists theorize that five stars in our galaxy have Earth-sized planets in the habitable or Goldilocks Zone.

Whether life could have formed in liquid water on one of these ‘Goldilocks’ planets, or if it hitched a ride across the solar system on a comet, Philae potentially offers a key to the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe. What’s more, if life on Earth came from microbes that hitched a ride on a comet, then ironically, human beings would in fact be the alien life they have always been looking for.

I’m sure it will not dampen the excitement of science heads if I reveal that theories claiming the whole comet landing stunt was filmed in a Hollywood studio have already been posted on the internet.

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Wormholes: The science behind Interstellar Travel

November 1, 2014

In a newly released video (embedded below)physicist Dr Simon Foster explains how ‘Wormholes’ the theoretical “shortcuts” through space-time, known as Einstein – Rosen bridges could enable travel across space and time and make interstellar travel possible.

The current interesting in wormholes is inspired by Interstellar, the latest of tat genre of Sci – Fi films that encourages science tits to believe it is a fly on the wall documentary. Directed by Christopher Nolan, Interstellar tells of the adventures of a group of science tit explorers who use newly discovered wormholes to travel through different dimensions and cover vast distances in order to bring back food to their dying planet. Easy to understand how conehead could confuse it with everyday reality then.

The film makers hired acclaimed astrophysicist Kip Thorne as technical adviser. Thorne claims that, in theory, it might be possible to stabilise a wormhole and use it to cross space and time, or to cross over into other universes.

“Wormholes would allow faster than light travel, or we would be able to cheat a little bit, and break the speed of the light,” said physicist Dr Foster explains. It is had to decide what the principle scientific discipline here actually is, the science of talking theoretical bollocks or the science of flushing taxpayers money down the toilet.

And if the scenarion protrayed in this film could possibly happen how long does anyone think it woyld be before a bunch of nine armed, three headed squid like creatures turned up demanding asylum and claiming the authorities in their own dimension were persecuting them by forcing them to work for a living.

Our politicians in collusion with unelected bureaucrats working for the U N (United Nebulae) would declare that in the interests of multiculturalism and diversity we should accept all the aliens demands and pay for everything they wanted.

Watch Dr Foster explain what you would need to do to create such a wormhole, what it might look like and what could be on the other side.

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Look humans, this is not going to happen, OK. It’s bollocks, here’s why … Drag yourself six miles into the sky (tho top of Everest and unless your body has the support or prostection of a lot of expensive technology you die slowly.

Sit yourself on top of a bomb that produces thrust by means of a controlled explosion (don’t let anyone tell you rocket science is clever) and fire yourself ten miles above the earth and unless you are protected by a mini-environment costing $£€billions simulator you die very quickly.

Want to experience other worlds? Then get spiritual, study Hindu or Buddhist philosophy (not the Abrahamic religions which are all about paternalism and control freakery) ans set off on your own exploration of inner space. Imagination can put you wherever you want to be, consciousness is not tethered to a specific location or point in time.

In other words if you want to visit Jupiter – just go. Not the best choice for a beach holiday, too many noxious, gaseous vapours surrounded by some pretty uninteresting asteroids. But that’s the beauty of imagination, if you fancy a world of barren rock, with an atmosphere of toxic gas, populated by a race of beautiful alien Mermaids with three breasts bu no vagina, the human mind can create it. Why had your hard earned to science tits who are so lacking in imagination the have to go looking for Utopia.

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Scientists Prove Science Is For The Terminally Insane

November 3, 2013

We have reported on this kind of scientific flushing-money-down-the-toilet so many times it’s a struggle to overcome the ennui.

Earth-like’ planet Kepler 78b discovered 400 light-years away

They have not discovered an “earth like” planet of course. What they have done is picked up some elecro – magnetic radiation, run it through there computer models, tweaked the data and come up with something they think will help them get their reseach grants renewed. Here’s what the report says:

“A “lava-world” orbiting 400-light years away has been discovered by scientists, who say the planet they have named Kepler 78b has a similar mass and density to Earth.

Kepler 78b is the smallest exoplanet with a known mass and size. Its orbit and mass was determined by analysing the light emitted from its star that was then blocked by the planet as it passed in front.

Scientists measuring the planets mass say it is approximately 1.2 times bigger than Earth, 1.7 times more massive, and has an almost identical density.

Like the Earth, scientists believe Kepler 78b mostly consists of rock and iron. Unlike earth, the planet hugs its parent star so closely that temperatures can reach up to 2,800C, ensuring that nothing could live on the scorching surface.

Although the planet is an uninhabitable “hellish world”, the authors of the study believe it “bodes well for the discovery and characterization of habitable planets.” (read all)

Now let’s have a little reality.

Scientists are once again creaming their knickers over a new and entirely pointless bit of space exploration via radio telescopes. Planet Kepler 87b, an earth like Planet that, even according to its discoverers, is not a bit like earth and is 400 light years away. A Light year is the distance travelled by light (at 186,000 per second) in one earth year. If we had a spacecraft capable of one tenth the speed of light (18,600 miles per second) it would take 4000 years to get to Kepler 87b. Our fastest spacecraft right now can reach ten miles per second with a following solar wind.

There is no fucking way we can get there and no way we could colonise it even if the thing exists, which is not guaranteed as the ‘evidence’ is a highly subjective interpretation of data.

Why are we giving research grants to the kind of idiots who think Star Trek was a documentary? If we were to see a scientific report proving all scientists involved in space exploration are money wasting fuckwits and should be banged up in secure units for the safety of themselves and our bank accounts, that would be something to celebrate.

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Earth Braces Itself For Solar Tsunami

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Look in some parts of the internet and you might well think gay rights and single sex marriage are the only problems humanity has to deal with at the moment.

Look in others and you might well be swept along on a tide of irrationality and hysteria with the people who beleve one more lighted candle will plunge the world in to a Carbon Driven Armageddon the prospect of which gives AGW alarmists wet dreams.

In other places still you could gain the impression that everything is going well and all threats to human security will vanish allowing the world to become a socialist utopia just as soon as every single human on the planet opens their heart and accepts Barack Hussein Obama as their messiah.

All the time while we fret and worry about thse trivialities the great dragon nature is hovering over us and on a whim could destroy everything we have done on this little planet.

It probably will not be the solar storm heading our way right now that wipes us out, but the storm will be a reminder of how insignificant we are in relation to the cosmos

Solar Tsunami On Its Way