How Aliens Can Expand Our Thinking

Some of the world’s leading scientists now believe that aliens likely exist, that we may not want to meet up with any of them, and that they’ve tried to make contact with humans.

These scientists, including Stephen Hawking, base their views on mathematical likelihood and recent findings.

But if true – what lessons might the prospect of alien life carry for us in today’s upside down world, ripe for the taking by other, stronger and smarter life forms?

The great beyond is emerging to teach us humility, challenge our minds to bigger ideas, and force us to hold each other tight.

“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.” – Stephen Hawking

The concept of alien life forces us to look more closely at ourselves – our imperfections, our illogical emotions and our inability to create lasting peace. The message is one of humility – that we probably aren’t the smartest things in the galaxy. Gazing to the heavens puts things in perspective, allowing us to realize we have much to learn.

Stephen Hawking has speculated that aliens may be a lot like humanity – selfish and greedy. Having used up resources on other planets, they may be travelling in massive ships as nomads, looking to “conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”

“I suspect there could be life and intelligence in forms we can’t conceive.” – Lord Rees

The challenge given to us by alien speculation is to think a lot bigger than we have been. Our world is viewed through our limited outlook, stifled because we don’t wish to look foolish. Yet – great scientists of the past, and of today, have dared to think past conventional wisdom – accused of lunacy, later to be proven correct.

Brain expansion comes only with wild imagination, asking “what if” and refusing to accept the status quo. It often means rejecting “it can’t be done.” If the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison and Carl Benz bought into the idea of “impossibility” we would be spending our days stumbling in the dark.

Cosmologist Lord Rees says there is no reason why aliens could not exist, and if they do – they may well have a whole different understanding of life and the universe. In his words: “Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there are aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”

For the average person in business, a major discovery may not happen – but what we can do is challenge how things are done, and rather than producing new data – we ought to produce new ways of thinking about the data we already have.

“The next war will be an interplanetary war. Earth must someday make a common front against attack by people from other planets.” –General Douglas MacArthur

The thought of interplanetary war makes me think about our good side – the part that is human, compassionate and loving. Not knowing what the future brings should force us to get closer to one another. So much time is wasted on argument, not enough on mutual respect. At work and at home, let’s vow to try our best at appreciating those who mean the most to us. We need to start now.

Today, there is a quiet body of research on alien life that is growing larger.

At least one representative of the Vatican, Guy Consolmagno, has hinted that aliens exist. Another Vatican source has reportedly made the startling claim that the Vatican is receiving “much information about extraterrestrials and their contacts with humans.”

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is among those backing a new project to investigate 234 mysterious signals coming from space. A group of scientists says the signals do not appear to be from any natural causes.

U.S. President Carter wanted to reveal to the world what the U.S. government knew about UFOs (but didn’t). Another president, Ronald Reagan, famously said he saw one: “I looked out the window and saw this white light zigzagging. We followed it (while in Air Force One) and to our utter amazement, it went straight up into the heavens.”

Former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who died last year and had walked on the moon in 1971, said the U.S., government is engaged in a cover-up. In a 2004 interview, he went as far as to say that U.S. officials have studied recovered alien bodies and that “insiders” are no longer updating U.S. Presidents (with John Kennedy having been the last to be briefed on the subject).

Bulgaria’s Space Research Institute recently made the claim that it was in contact with extra-terrestrials – trying to decode a complicated message.

Beyond all of this – the argument persists that the great pyramids may not have been built by human beings – too perfect and too enormous for the technology of that time. Historians tell us that the ancient Egyptians had no knowledge of geometry or mathematics, yet the Great Pyramid of Giza varies less than .025 per cent from being a perfect triangle (using the mathematical equation known as the golden ratio). The difference is mere inches, almost impossible given the pyramid’s massive height of 481 feet.

The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only pyramid to remain fully in tact while other, later versions, are falling apart. This pyramid has near perfect dimensions, built by a society that had no knowledge of modern building techniques, geometry or mathematics. 

Another mystery is Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in Whiltshire, England (now a tourist attraction). Archaeologists say it was created by a culture that left no written records. How the massive stones could have been moved without the aid of a wheel or pulley system is unknown.

Speculation about the pyramids and Stonehenge have become even more bizarre with some futurists claiming they were built by humans who knew how to time-travel. In other words, when we look at these ancient monuments, we are looking at our future.

Perhaps the most startling and visual evidence of life “out there”, according to believers, are the mysterious circles around the globe, which, when viewed from the sky, appear in perfect form – seemingly trying to say something.

Crop circles in Switzerland – elaborate hoax or a message from outer space?

Scientist Horace Drew from the California Institute of Technology says the circles are hidden messages from aliens trying to communicate with humanity. Drew maintains that the so-called “crop circles” contain a binary code far more advanced than our computers.

The circles appear overnight in various locations around the globe, have perfect precision, and may have first been spotted as far back as 1678.

Crop circles are increasing. Since the year 2000, they are also becoming larger and more complex – some with mathematical characteristics. A growing number of scientists believe “something is going on” right under our noses, with most of us oblivious.

While many people believe the circles are mad-made hoaxes – one thing is certain. They have captured our imagination.

Indeed, the implications of mysterious circles, UFOs and alien life – can serve to stimulate our imaginations for the betterment of humankind, challenging us to look beyond what we think we know. Perhaps, even in every day life and business, we can pause to dig deeper into our problems – taking the time to ask more questions.

The knowledge that something may be out there can also help us stay humble, be more forgiving of our fellow humans, and maybe – just maybe, aid in uniting us for the common good.

Next year, NASA will be operating its James Webb Space Telescope with the purpose of finding life in outer space. Many NASA scientists are convinced there are other life forms and NASA intends to prove it, sooner than later. Among the goals is to find oceans on nearby planets similar in size and mass to Earth. In the words of astronaut and NASA spokesperson John Grunsfeld, “These are not dreams.” NASA says it has learned that up to 20 per cent of stars have earth-size planets in the “habitable” zone. Matt Mountain, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore predicts a discovery will be made soon that will change the world. Imagine, he says, when we “finally confirm we are not alone”.

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