We might well be part of a much larger and older supercivilization that has reasons of its own not to explain itself to us, or perhaps cannot explain itself to us, in the same sense that we could never, without massive and fundamental re-education, explain radio to an ancient Roman. Or explain it at all to a chimpanzee, but let’s hope that the gulf between us isn’t that great!
The reason that this is coming to seem more probable to me has to do with the recent finding that there are many more earth-like planets in our galaxy than we have previously supposed. Many, many more. It now appears that there are at least 46 billion Earth-sized planets orbiting close to sun-like stars in our galaxy, and perhaps billions more orbiting farther out in the stars’ habitable zones. This finding comes from a study released in Science last week. Reading the full text of the study requires a payment to Science Magazine. But I read it, so you just need to know that it’s really there, thus the link to its abstract.
One of the co-authors, Andrew Howard of UC Berkeley, has said that earthlike planets are as common as sand on a beach. They are literally everywhere.
If you add to this the enormous amount of UFO and close-encounter activity on Earth, it is not difficult to conclude, as astronaut Storey Musgrave recently has, that they’re here. Concluding a recent lecture with a slide of a gray, Musgrave said, "these guys are real–I guarantee it!"
However, the seemingly complete radio silence of the universe remains a puzzle and a challenge. SETI hasn’t found anything in 60 years, which is a pretty dramatic surprise. If civilizations commonly go through the same sort of period of radio use that we did, then surely we would have heard a scrap of something here and there. In truth, if there are a million civilizations in our galaxy and they all went trhough a radio phase in their development of communications, we should have heard quite a few scraps by now.
So something else is happening. Perhaps most civilizations don’t discover radio before they find something else. Perhaps, if we are the possession of a supercivilization, we are intentionally isolated. This would explain why SETI has heard occassional very convincing signals, only to be unable to find them a second time. Maybe they’re being jammed. That would also go some distance toward explaining why our visitors never confront us directly. Does the farmer have dinner with his pigs? No.
But there is another equally interesting reason–really, a pair of reasons, because they fit together in a curious way. The first is that our planet may actually be incredibly rare, in the sense that it can both support and has evolved higher life forms. No planet that does not have a large moon close-orbiting with it in exquisite balance can be stable enough to support the long-term evolution of complex life forms. The planet is liable to wobble on its axis. If its atmosphere is thick enough to support life, without a moon’s gravity to retard winds generated by the planet’s rotation, they are going to be sustained at far too high a speed to enable living things to develop. And if the planet does not have an outlying crowd of gas giants to draw space debris into their gravity wells, it is likely to be a cratered ruin whether it has a moon and an atmosphere or not.
Frankly, as incredible as it seems, we could be alone in this galaxy.
But not absolutely alone. Story Musgrave is right when he says the grays are here. They are, and they don’t appear to be the only ones here.
Sooner rather than later, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN is going to reach collision energies that will be capable of producing mini-black holes. If, and only if, physically real parallel universes with gravity of their own are right here all around us, and add a bit of their gravity to the energies necessary. Only then will mini black holes emerge.
But think what it will mean. It will mean that parallel universes have gravity, and therefore, that they are physically real. So the supercivilization of which we are so obviously a part might actually be from here, also. From this incredibly rare planet called Earth.
Just not this version of it.
Never imagine that we don’t live in exciting times. We do, and mark my words, there’s more to come, lot’s more!