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Let Us Consider – Visitors from Space

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To begin our investigation of unidentified flying objects, let us discuss mediocrity, and the universe. Now, I’m not talking about the Ayn Rand style of "mediocrity," or the "mediocrity" of one Broadway production in comparison with another, but rather the "mediocrity" concerned in the philosophy of science and speculation. Earth is not in a special magical position, in the center of the universe, in center of the galaxy, in the center of the solar system. Rather we find ourselves in a "mediocre" position, off to the side, and out of the limelight. This also applies to time. There is in the philosophy of science no one special epoch, no special magic moment, no great period; rather we may accept that any time has merits, none particularly superior.

nice orange copdModern scientists insist on a "big bang" theory of existence in which time and space play a minor role. Time has, they tell us, a beginning. Space once wasn't. I mentioned a moment ago that the Earth — home sweet home! — is not in the center of our solar system. But consider that at one some point in time some very brilliant men believed it to be. Copernicus comes to mind. Likewise I suggest that while today we believe there is no infinity, someday the pendulum may reverse. I hold that time and space are infinite; always have been there, always will be. And everywhere. No end.

Given that, it is unlikely that we are the only life form in the universe. Given that, it is impossible that we are alone. In infinity, there are an infinite number of worlds. And we must surmise an infinite number, exactly as our own. And if there is in the universe any potential for "time travel," then it must be here and now. The imagination reels.

So, given all that, we may suspect the existence of curious beings, or evil beings, or helpful beings, and as the Mayans remember, they soon will be here. Ah, the trusting Mayans. They believed that superior beings from the stars were coming. They spent their days cleaning and purifying in anticipation of the visitors. Nothing came from space, but the explorers from the New World came to their shores, and wiped them out.

Have we had visitors from Space or Time? Is there any evidence?

FOX News is — we all readily agree — a reliable source. And FOX News has little choice but to acknowledge the demands of responsible people, scientists and politicians, who demand an investigation. FOX News is clearly hot on the vapor trail! They write:

NASA has agreed to search its archives again for documentation of a UFO incident in Pennsylvania. "They could not find anything," one Air Force memo stated after a late-night search (Dec. 9, 1965). Several NASA employees were reported to have been at the scene. Eyewitnesses said a flatbed truck drove away a large object shaped like an acorn and about the size of a Volkswagen bus.

 In a similar cause for vexation, The British Evening Standard reported that the cres and passengers of a British jetliner spotted an unidentified flying object over the Channel Islands. They said the vessel was "a mile wide, and glowing white." The incident was reported as a "near miss" by Aurigny Airlines Capt. Ray Bowyer, close to Alderney, an island in the English Channel. In the report, 50-year-old Ray Bowyer described the object as "a cigar-shaped brilliant white light."

"It was 2,000 feet up and stationary. I thought it was about 10 miles away, although I later realized it was approximately 40 miles from us… At first, I thought it was the size of a 737, but it must have been much bigger because of how far away it was. It could have been as much as a mile wide."

We are aware of the SETI institute, a vast society dedicated to research, to listening to radio and more obscure waves from space. They sort, select and study these waves, and search for patterns, for intelligent beings from the stars and beyond who may be trying, with a — for lack of a better word — humanity similar to our own to communicate with living beings. And we can't but appreciate the irony that Yes!, we ARE here! As SETI member Wanvisa Permtongchuchai of Thailand put it, “Exploration is the nature of humankind.” Indeed, some spoke as if they (SETI and its members) had no choice but to participate, as in Martha Harris (SETI member) of Kentucky’s statement that “The Kepler Mission is humanity’s cry in the dark. I can’t not be a part of this — even if only in name!”

The Bard has written — Hamlet: "And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." And with that thought in mind, please allow one final divergence.

The National UFO Reporting Center reports the following, regarding a sighting near Chicago.  A taxi mechanic at O'Hare, responsible for moving aircraft from gate to gate, heard a pilot make a comment about a circle or disc-shaped object hovering over gate C-17 at the C concourse.  He didn't take it seriously until the same pilot continued, stating the object was about 700 feet above the ground. The day was overcast with clouds at 1600ft, and the mechanic himself soon spotted a "dark gray hazy round object" overing over the airport.  "It was definitely over the C Terminal…holding very steady and appeared to be trying to stay close to the cloud cover."  Chatter began to spread about the object, including the air traffic controller.  After completing the current taxi operation, the mechanic looked toward where the UFO had appeared, but it was now gone, leaving an almost perfect circle in the cloud later where it had been, which also disappeared moments later.

Still from The National UFO Reporting Center, in relation to the above testimony: "NUFORC has received a second report about this incident from a senior aircraft mechanic, who was taxiing a Boeing 777 at the time of the sighting, and who witnessed the object."

And finally, at about 4:30PM federal authorities at O'Hare got word of a dozen other confirmed sightings of the same disc-shaped, metallic object over Gate C-17.  The size, shape, appearance, and behavior was confirmed between them, including another airport employee working on the ramp for flight 446 who commented in detail on the departure of the object and the resulting hole in the clouds noted by the taxi mechanic.

"Both the Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration were apprised of the event at the time it was occurring, and FAA personnel in one of the towers at O'Hare may have witnessed the object, probably with binoculars. The FAA apparently reported that the object was not visible on radar, although that fact has not been confirmed."

Is the universe fixed, limited, and finite, or can we simply not comprehend infinity? What is on the other side? Empty space? Galaxies of perplexing dark matter, or perhaps, merely an infinite number of monkeys, with an infinite number of typewriters?!  The evidence seems indicative that something exists out there, though we have yet to ascertain exactly what.

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About John Lake

John Lake had a long and successful career in legitimate and musical theater. He moved up into work behind the camera at top motion pictures. He has done a smattering of radio, and television John joined the Blogcritics field of writers owing to a passion for the liberal press, himself speaking out about the political front, and liberal issues. Now the retired Mr. Lake has entered the field of motion picture, television, and video game (now a daily gamer!) critique. His writing is always innovative and immensely readable!
  • John Lake

    The mind boggles.

  • @5
    no, it doesn’t have to. We can say that there is no way something can happen (such as, getting to absolute zero has an R value of 0) but we can never say that R=1 (has to happen).
    There can be situations where something happens infinite times (say a coin flip) yet only one result keeps happening (say heads).

  • John Lake

    Gentlemen –
    You may join me if you like in petitioning for a few new sections for which we may
    write. I particullarly like “Humor” as a section selection.
    I intended to expand on Ayn Rand; something to the effect that the most noted existentialist might say, “Eschew mediocracy, aim for the stars” or words to that effect. Anyway the fine and talented editor beat me to the blog.
    Now do you think I could sit here with a great Pic of a monkey at a typewriter, and not use it?

  • jwrock

    After reading this rambling sequence of questionable anecdotes and carefree speculation I can see why the author would have an animus toward Ayn Rand–one who insisted on evidence, logic and reason. Why is this article in the Sci/Tech section?

  • zingzing

    in infinity, it has to happen. somewhere in infinity, i’m giving you a lap dance and you’ve got a bullfrog’s head, but i think it’s a damn good look on you. i am also reading a book on jellyfish as the source of all the water in the world. and the twins just won the world series (which happens a week or two early in this corner of infinity).

  • actually, that is where you are wrong. It can happen once, twice, or a million times. However, there is a chance that it will never happen

    (the odds of something happening 1/11 is always 1/11, even if it is the 200th time)

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    For f*ck sake… I thought this was the Science/Tech Section?! What’s up with all this UFO bullshit that doesn’t have any science to back it up except for evidence of lunacy!

  • John Lake

    in response to Robert M. Barga:
    Au contraire, mon amie!!
    In infinity, if it can happen it will happen – an infinite number of times!!

  • ahhh, you and the concept of chance should meet

    just cause something happens infinite times doesnt mean that all possible events will happen