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Unwinding the Social Stigma Surrounding UFOs

In the beginning there was nothing. Then there was everything. In a brilliant flash, the foundational materials of the universe expelled rapidly in all directions, giving rise to the existence of all the bodies therein. A staggering amount of time passed before everything came to be as it is now in the universe, to which we find ourselves wondering, now as always: are we truly alone?

 Frank Drake, creator of the Drake Equation

Frank Drake, creator of the Drake Equation

Despite the utter vastness of the universe, the majority of us tend to truly believe that we have answered this question; that we are, in fact, alone. However, such definitive, naive claims should be reserved for the imagination of adolescents, not the leading minds of our world, many of whom are too fearful of ridicule and career suicide to discuss the topic seriously. And yet, anyone curious enough to gaze at the stars, to truly contemplate the majesty and mysteriousness of the universe will readily arrive at certain intuitions, which undermine popular belief and group-think mentality. Namely, how absurd it is to think we are the only intelligent life in the entire universe.

Sara Seager, creator of the tentatively named Seager Equation

Sara Seager, creator of the tentatively named Seager Equation.

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all of the beaches on Earth combined, which means for every grain of sand, there is a solar system inhabited by planets.  Today, the Kepler Telescope and many others like it are identifying planets in the  “Goldilocks zone”, or “habitable zone” at an increasingly rapid rate. In our solar system, Earth is the primary Goldilocks planet, and as such existence of  life (as we know it) is possible, including human beings; a sentient species. By virtue of the latter alone, it is more likely than not that other solar systems have developed like ours, with conditions sufficient enough to propagate life, and thus sentient life. After arriving at this point, thinking about the possibilities of what other sentient life could be like becomes simply wonderful, and all the more grounding as a possibility. As a quick insight, however, there is reason to believe that other life forms may be similarly carbon based life forms, due to both  the abundance and bond-ability of carbon throughout the universe.

Nikolai Kardashev, creator of the Kardashev Scale

There is no question, thanks to the Doppler Shift, that some parts of the universe have existed far longer than others and subsequently, some solar systems have been around for thousands and even millions of years longer than others, and even ours. Thus any civilization amid  those older, ancient solar systems have had far longer time to develop, and as such, it is not a far stretch whatsoever to realize that with longer time to develop, other civilizations will have mastered technologies which humanity can only theorize about, and more. In fact, the Kardashev scale was created to explain the theoretical differences in technological development between intelligent civilizations. These technological differences are divided into three categories, type I, type II, and type III civilizations. The categorization of a civilization depends essentially on its ability to harvest resources.

Colonel Charles Halt, witness to the Rendlesham Forest Incident

Colonel Charles Halt, witness to the Rendlesham Forest Incident

The whole purpose of this article is to encourage taking steps to remove the stigma surrounding the topic and subsequent study of UFOs. When discussing this phenomenon with people who have no prior knowledge, the immediate reaction is ridicule and lack of seriousness. Despite the validity and often times exceptional credibility of witnesses to UFOs (e.g. military officers, astronauts, government officials), no amount of evidence, at least currently, is enough for the majority of the population to unite and demand answers from government (of course efforts have already been made, but unfortunately mostly in vain). Having said that, I believe in accordance with Richard Dolan that our civilization is rapidly advancing and will encounter other intelligent life one way or another. Therefore, the more we collectively accept the reality and existence of other intelligent civilizations (that have also been visiting our planet), the better prepared we will be if and when disclosure finally happens, because more of the world’s leading minds will (hopefully) commence further research on the topic, leading to a wider rate of acceptance across the globe.

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Aaron Wright is one half of the Mysterious Universe team who brings expertise in the sciences. Ben and he formed 8th Kind Pty Ltd in 2008 to take MU to the next level.
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