I have been thinking long and hard about the close encounter experience and what it means. For some months now, I’ve been working on a new book that has caused me to re-read and re-think all of my past experiences, and to integrate some new ones. I have also come to reassess the evidence from the ground up. The reason is simple: none of the basic assumptions about close encounter work.
The US and British intelligence communities have used social engineering to spread the idea through the scientific and intellectual communities that it’s all a load of nonsense and unworthy of scientific study or intellectual exploration. But this has been revealed as a lie–finally! In the British Ministry of Defense’s ‘Condign Report,’ quietly declassified in 2006, there occurs an admission on page 408 that "plasmas unknown to science" can affect the human mind when they are in close proximity, causing people to see things that are not there, and that the soldiers who encountered strange lights in Rendlesham Forest starting on December 26, 1980–five years to the day before I would have my first adult close encounter 3,000 miles away–encountered such plasmas. (To hear more about this, listen to this week’s Dreamland. To do that, click here. If you’re trying to listen after Friday, December 12, it will be in the subscriber archive.)
In the years after the incident, the US Air Force sponsored debunker Phillip Klass (he was an editor of Aviation Week and Space Technology Magazine, and told me quite plainly that the Air Force gave him inside ‘scoops’ on secret aircraft for the magazine in return for his UFO work) put about the story that all that had been seen was the light of a nearby lighthouse.
But the Ministry of Defense didn’t think that. Far from it. They thought that the men were being affected by these ‘unknown plasmas.’ (We can’t know more, because the MoD falsely claims that all of the relevant files about the Rendlesham forest incident have been ‘lost.’ I would doubt that, just as much as I doubt that the Roswell files were accidentally destroyed, as the USAF told the General Accounting Office when Congressman Steven Schiff of New Mexico attempted to get them released. As he told me at the time, quite bluntly, ‘the Air Force is lying.’
The sheer momentum of denial is now such that neither the scientific community nor, for the most part, the academic and intellectual communities are likely to change their approach in any way. Thus the most important thing that has ever happened to mankind continues to be completely ignored by the social elements most capable of addressing it.
This gets me to Interstellar. The movie has come along at a time when we are beginning to realize how desperate we actually are, trapped on this little tiny planet out in the middle of nowhere, beginning to sense that we are suffocating, and starting to search the skies for answers. But where can we go? Our solar system offers no planet that we could usefully colonize, and if we do find any other congenial worlds, they are liable to be so far away that getting to them will be, at best, problematic.
The movie offers a solution: we lean to build wormholes, or wrinkles in space, that enable us to travel across many thousands of light years in an instant, by bending space so that, for that instant, two distant places are side by side.
Many of the people sitting in the theater must be thinking to themselves, ‘well, it must be possible, otherwise how do the aliens get here?’
I would suggest that they may not. In fact, there may be no aliens here at all.
There is another sort of wormhole that would require far less energy than one that would bend space. This one would briefly open a door between us and a parallel universe. Such an opening is not only possible, it could be maintained for some little time, as much as a few seconds–more than enough, in other words, for explorers and their equipment to pass through.
That goes for both directions and frankly, when you look at the preponderance of the evidence, it seems more likely that the aliens are coming from right here, not from other planets in this universe at all. However, it’s not at all clear that ‘parallel universes’ are any less a fiction than interstellar wormholes.
Until now, that is. A group of scientists at Griffith University in Queensland have postulated that quantum indeterminacy is not real, even though it can be observed experimentally–and, in fact, that quantum weirdness in general actually has an explanation in classical Newtonian physics. They postulate that there are a number of classically sized universes occupying the same space in slightly different basic orientations–in other words, real, physical parallel universes.
The equations they have come up with show that such things as quantum indeterminacy can also be explained by the slight pressure that particles from these other universe exert on particles in ours. (You will find their paper in Physical Review X, doi.org/wtw.)
Could it be that living beings from such universes are learning how to enter ours, and we, also, can learn how to make this move? If so, could there be places literally right here that we could colonize, or at least interact with, perhaps learn how to survive from?
We are absolutely alone out here lost among the stars, billions of vibrantly alive beings trapped on a dying planet.
Or are we alone, and what does ‘here’ really mean?
Interstellar may describe technological tools that can never be. We may never be able to cross the vastness of space. But it may be that we don’t need to. We need only learn how to cross a barrier so thin that it almost isn’t there, beyond which like worlds untold.