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Thursday, August 06, 2009

THE CIVILIZED ALIEN by Anthony Bragalia

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Everything that makes up our life is "culture." But we rarely consider that intelligent extraterrestrial life must also have culture. Instead, like proverbial "motorheads," we obsess about their technology - their modes of transportation. We are in awe of their aerial vehicles, their UFOs.

We somehow loose sight that the UFO really represents far more than just a means of mobility for the alien. It means that the alien possesses a meaningful life. If the alien visits us, it must be a Civilized Alien - with components of culture that are likely very similar to our own.

SIMILAR FORM

In a January article on the UFO Iconoclast website entitled "Why ET Has To Be Humanoid," I examined the probability that the alien shares certain fundamental physical characteristics with humans.

For instance -in order to craft technology- the visiting alien must be like us. They must ambulate; possess fine motor movement; limbs; opposable digits; and bilateral symetry. Recent information from the University of Maryland's Laboratory of Chemical Evolution concludes: The genetic code, which determines the appearance and makeup of all living things, has a tendency to work one way -like water running down hill- to produce life as we know it.

Some believe that this is a flawed "anthropomorphic" position -and that aliens appear as we wish them to appear. We conceive and percieve them in forms to which we can relate. But the simple fact remains- though you will get different life forms on different planets- the ones who visit us are going to in many ways resemble us.

And just as we have similar physical characteristics the civilized alien -no matter how complex or exotic its mind- must also share certain intellectual and cultural characteristics with humans.

SIMILAR MIND

Because "they" visit "us" - it then follows that their intellectual capacities must be far more highly developed than our own. But their mental skills must be fundamentally very similar to our own. They too:

- Seek Answers to Problems (They must analyze complex systems and issues by subdividing and prioritizing their components)

- Relate Observations (They must communicate a reality -or an object- based on its parts)

- Anticipate Change (They must perceive and explain change in order to adjust)

- Remember and Incorporate Experience (They must recall solved problems and incorporate these solutions in the future)

- Plan for Things to Come (They must have a sense of "future"- and be able to "arrange" action)

- Possess a Purpose of Action (They must goal-set with the objective to improve their own welfare)

These things are essential and common to all higher intelligence. In many ways, the Civilized Alien must think very much like the mind of man.

SIMILAR CULTURE

The alien culture is no doubt unfamiliar. But it is imaginable. It is even probable that we share many basic similarities. The alien culture has unfolded in far different directions then our own -and it has evolved for far longer. But it is still discernable.

There are things that we can know about the Civilized Alien with some certainty:

- If they travel to our world, they must organize their own. Their civilization must in some way "group" in a way that is cohesive. These groups must in some way communicate and act for the common benefit. Simply, they must organize their society in some form. This perhaps includes families, tribes, clans, nations or alliances. There must be common norms and mental models. Without this, ET would be an unaccomplished race. There must be some sort of commerce- cooperation between groups to obtain goods or services that each needs that is had by another.

- Because they visit us in craft, they are technological. They must then have had issues related to a technological society, such as pollution and the use and allocation of planetary resources. They must "manufacture" - or have in some way developed systems to produce on a mass scale to meet their societal needs.

- If certain groups do not cooperate with one another, they likely have had war. Where there is more than one, there is always disagreement.

- The alien must educate its young. Education means communication for survival. To continue as a group, they must coach and cultivate their kindred.

- The alien may have dealt with poverty and disease. All planets have weather, nature and natural disasters. These things would certainly have impacted their culture, as they have ours.

These elements of culture are likely to be universal to all communities of higher intelligence. We are analogous to the alien in many ways.

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES?

The attributes and nuances of alien culture, however, are far more difficult to discern: Do they have heroes, symbols and legends? Religion? Do they dance? Do they laugh? Do they have their own "Mona Lisa?" But perhaps the most important of these questions also cannot be answered:

Does the Civilized Alien have the capacity to Love?

Like us, can they care about one another? Do they have a sense of obligation? Or like us, can they also act out of fear and self-interest? As Sir Arthur Keith wrote, "Human nature has a dual constituency; to Hate as well as to Love are parts of it." Does this human characteristic - like so many others - extend to the alien?

The Roswell Flaw

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If a flying saucer actually crashed near Roswell in 1947, leaving alien bodies among the debris, wouldn’t attendant visitors (‘colleagues” as it were) of the aliens who piloted the crashed saucer try to recover their compatriots or some of the debris that allegedly lay in the New Mexico desert for days before Mac Brazel (and the Army) took possession of it?

We know, from Kenneth Arnold’s “authentic” sighting, that UFOs or flying saucers often traveled in formation/groups, and since his sighting took place in the same time-frame as the Roswell incident, the extraterrestrial visitors were, possibly, aware (or should have been) of the Roswell crash.

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Are the supposed advanced alien travelers so unemotional or callous (other possibilities we admit) that they’d leave their disabled and dying fellow-travelers to the desert or human society, without trying to retrieve them?

One can’t presume to know the operational parameters of an extraterrestrial race, but since many of the so-called Roswell witnesses, especially those who said they saw bodies among the debris and crashed saucer, ascribed sentience of a human kind to the beings captured or taken by the military, one can suggest that the Roswell beings were not so alien as to eliminate survival tactics from their other-world arsenal.

If the Roswell “saucer” was not that far removed, in design and operational format, from human aircraft, and the described beings not so alien in physiognomy from human beings, one can assume that the visitors would very likely act in a similar way to human beings when a disaster occurred; that is, members of the “race’ visiting the Earth, didn’t come alone, in one flying saucer, but were accompanied by others, in a bevy of saucers, as Arnold saw, and others reported at the same time as the Roswell crash, and would have acted much as we humans would have acted: the crashed craft and its occupants would have been sought out and helped (or retrieved), or an attempt to do so would have taken place.

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(No other UFOs were seen in or near Roswell during the July period that encompasses the infamous episode.)

And if that alien race did come to Earth, from outer space, another dimension, or even as time-travelers, they wouldn’t, if even moderately sensible, ignore members of their race who were in distress.

If the loss of a concomitant craft and its beings were dispensable, for whatever reasons one can conjure, then an alien retrieval of the Roswell saucer may be acceptable to rationality, but that opens a whole new aspect to the extraterrestrial modus.

Or the Roswell incident is bogus, as an extraterrestrial visitation and accident, which is what many in the UFO community are coming to believe.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Journal of Frontier Science

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Steven Bass's web-site, The Journal of Frontier Science, is highly recommended, for its objective scrutiny of things relevant to UFOs and science.

Click here to visit Mr. Bass's exemplary effort:

Journal of Frontier Science